LINDA NYONDO, Lusaka
FIRST Lady Esther Lungu has called for investment in early childhood education for long-term economic benefits for Zambia.
She said Zambiaâ€™s future productivity depends on expanding investment in high quality education, early childhood care and development of policies.
Mrs Lungu said the early years of children are crucial in the creation of intelligence, personality, social and psychological capacities.
â€œProper care at an early age can do much to create an enabling environment that ensures protection and support for more broad-based issues,â€ she said.
The First Lady was speaking at Arakan Barracks in Lusaka during a fundraising dinner hosted by Mfuti Ladiesâ€™ Club, who are raising funds for the construction of a nursery school.
Mrs Lungu said parents have a responsibility of giving children a chance to acquire skills and education for them to fit in a competitive society.
She said following her outreach programmes in the last four months, she is amazed at the commitment of the rural community and church initiatives that have taken early childhood care and development as a priority.
â€œI wish to commend the efforts of our sisters and brothers in the rural areas for having compassion of taking care of children with disorders, disabilities and other challenges despite the difficult circumstances and challenges they face,â€ Mrs Lungu said.
She commended the Mfuti Ladiesâ€™ Club for the initiative to construct an early childhood centre, which will give children an opportunity to acquire skills and education in a competitive society.
And speaking at the same function, patron of the club Christine Mihova said they would like to build a nursery school in Arakan Barracks to give children access to early childhood education.
She said the nursery school will cater for children of military personnel and people in the surrounding communities.
Mrs Mihova said the nursery school will contribute to shaping the lives of the future leaders of Zambia.
LINDA NYONDO, Lusaka