Government eulogizes older people on their knowledge

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Government eulogizes older people on their knowledge

Lusaka, October 13, ZANIS–Government has praised older people in the country for playing a pivotal role in addressing and managing disaster risks.

Deputy Minister in the office of the Vice President Davies Mwango said older people have unique knowledge and skills in disaster risk reduction which the new generation should learn of.

Mr. Mwango said government will always engage older people in disaster risk reduction because of their role in resilience building through their vast experience and knowledge.

He has since called on Zambians to continue engaging older people in various decision-making processes in order to tap knowledge that will act as a catalyst for the future generation.

ZANIS reports that Mr. Mwango said this in Lusaka today when he officiated at this year commemoration of the international day for disaster risk reduction.

This year’s international day for disaster risk reduction was held under theme "Resilience is for Life" with focus on older generation.

And speaking on behalf of the United Nation system in Zambia, World Food Organisation (WFO) Country Director Simon Cammelbeeck reaffirmed the UN’s commitment to supporting Zambia in identifying gaps in disaster risk reduction activities.

Earlier, Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU) national coordinator Patrick Kangwa said the knowledge of older people in managing disasters should be better archived for the benefit of society.

Mr. Kangwa has however called on associations for older people to partner with government in ensuring that information on past experiences of older people is not left to spoil.