–Government has reaffirmed its commitment to work with other organisations that supplement its efforts in improving the education standards in the country.
Eastern Province Assistant Secretary, Beenzu Chikuba, says this is because government regards education as an important tool in alleviating poverty in communities.
Ms Chikuba was speaking in Chipata today, when a delegation of United States Agency for International Development (USAID) paid a courtesy call on her.
She said to this effect government will support any initiative aimed at enhancing learning opportunities and increase school effectiveness in the province.
The Assistant Secretary noted that the provincial administration is happy with USAID’s decision to be instrumental in helping government to implement the revised education curriculum and improve sanitation and hygiene in schools.
Ms Chikuba said the gesture will go a long way in helping mitigate many challenges that the education sector is facing.
And USAID Education Advisor, Beatrice Mweene, pledged her organisation’s continued support to government in enhancing education delivery, especially in rural areas.
Ms Mweene disclosed that currently USAID is working with the Ministry of Education in supporting the new curriculum by training teachers and providing local language learning materials to learners in schools.
She noted that USAID is also supporting and strengthening the decentralisation of education programmes in order to improve learner performance.
USAID officials from United States of America are in Eastern province to monitor USAID funded projects.