Evelyn Hone College of Applied Arts and Commerce has embarked on a training programme in creative digital media to ensure that the country is equipped with qualified manpower.
This is in line with Zambia’s digital migration deadline as set out by the Southern Africa for Development Community (SADC) scheduled for June 2015.
Evelyn Hone College (EHC) Principal Daniel Fwambo said the programme was progressing well adding that the College being the first to run such a programme in Zambia is going to benefit greatly.
Mr Fwambo told ZANIS in an interview in Lusaka that the programme which was launched in February, 2014, started with seven students who have made it to second year this year.
“The programme is progressing well and the response from the general public is overwhelming, we started with seven students in 2014 and all have made it to second year.
The number has increased from seven for last year to 15 this year, which is an indication that the public is responding positively to the programme. And if you were to see the products of the first intake we had in 2014, their products are marvellous,” Mr. Fwambo said.
He added that the Creative Digital Media class started with 24 computers which he said are highly specified and equipped with special software programmes adding that they were however not enough to cater for future needs.
Mr. Fwambo also disclosed that the College management was in the process of purchasing 10 more computers in order to smoothen the running of the programme.
He further said that once the students graduate, they would help in adding value to Zambian adverts, electronic billboards and the Zambian movie industry.
The EHC principle also appreciated government for the continued support it’s rendering to the Institution adding that there are a lot of developmental programmes that government has brought to the College.
Meanwhile, EHC Head of Media Studies, George Kalimbwe reiterated the lack of qualified teaching staff with proper documents.
“We started with four indigenous lecturers who we hired from society, there are a good number of people that are highly qualified in Creative Digital media in the country, and all they lack is academic documentation. But I wish to state that we are going round it, we are getting there,” he said.
Mr. Kalimbwe also revealed that the job market was yearning for more qualified manpower in the country since this is the first programme being run in the country.
He has since appealed to school leavers and everyone with such skills to apply and develop this programme as learners and help develop the potential of the digital media industry.