— Concerted efforts required to curb unemployment-Mayondi

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Government has observed that the problem
of youth unemployment and underemployment in Zambia can only be
effectively controlled through concerted efforts.

Ministry of Education, Science, Vocational Training and Early
Education Deputy Permanent Secretary Christine Mayondi said private
and corporate institutions should therefore join government in
addressing challenges facing young people in the country.

Ms. Mayondi noted that government and other stakeholders should
address these challenges through working towards a common agenda.
She was speaking today at the orientation meeting for Citibank
sponsored Achievement Company Programme in Lusaka.

She has since commended Citi Bank Zambia Limited and the
Junior Achievement Zambia for their contribution towards improving the
education sector in the country.

She said the two companies should be commended for achieving career
aspirations of young people in Zambia.

And Board Chairman for Junior Achievement Zambia David Chakonta said
the junior achievement company programme helps young people in grade
nine and twelve to appreciate and better understand the role of
business in society.

Mr. Chakonta said the company programme comprises of 12 modules which
were taught over a period of 15 weeks with the help of a teacher and
volunteers from the business community.

He disclosed that over 500 young people in 22 schools in Lusaka and
Ndola districts will benefit from the programme which is financially
sponsored by Citi Foundation and Citibank Zambia limited.