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Over 400 pupils to benefit from solar power project

ABOUT 450 pupils at Hamududu Primary School in Kabwe are expected to benefit from a solar-powered internet school project which cost K950,000
Deputy Minister of Education, Science, Vocational Training and Early Education Sydney Mushanga said the project is designed to meet the needs of teachers and pupils who lack information, communication and technology (ICT) services due to lack of electricity.
“It is undeniable that there are emerging opportunities for the education sector to expand access and improve the quality of education by the use of ICTs for ensuring equity through the provision of alternative learning methods for communities in rural set-ups,” he said.
Mr Mushanga said during the launch of the partnership between the ministry, Habitat for Humanity Zambia and Samsung Zambia for the Solar-powered Internet School (SPIS) project that the initiative has come at the right time when Government had introduced ICT in the curriculum.
“We will make sure the equipment is put to good use by deploying E-learning materials on the laptops to be utilised by pupils and teachers for their working and learning activities, to conduct research and for knowledge sharing,” he said.
Mr Mushanga commended the two organisations for their efforts to uplift the lives of people countrywide.
Meanwhile, Deputy Minister of Local Government and Housing Nicholas Banda said Government will continue to focus on expanding access to high school and tertiary education as well as scale up youth development programmes with particular emphasis on skill development.
Mr Banda was speaking when he officially opened the Japan International Co-operation Agency (JICA) annual general meeting yesterday.
Mr Banda paid tribute to the people of Japan for their generosity in helping Zambia advance in the areas of energy, agriculture, rural industrial development, education, water and sanitation, road construction and human resource development.

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