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Parley Bill on social work progresses

Zambia's Parliament building.

LINDA NYONDO, Lusaka
GOVERNMENT is in the process of formulating a parliamentary bill on social work, says Community Development and Social Services acting permanent secretary Like Mukelabai.
Mr Mukelabai said the bill will lead to the regulation of social work practice and education in Zambia.
“It is all our responsibility to make strides towards a better society for all in responding to social and economic needs within the dynamic environment in which we live,’’ he said.
Speaking at the official opening of a seminar on social welfare and social policy analysis in Lusaka recently, Mr Mukelabai said knowledge and skills in development planning are essential.
He said the implementation and analysis skills are key to human capital aimed at contributing towards poverty reduction.
Mr Mukelabai said knowledge and skills are also necessary for planning and implementation of national development agenda.
He said there is need for further research and enhancement of social welfare and social policy implementation.
Mr Mukelabai commended the University of Zambia for continuing to provide adequate training in social welfare and social policy for its students in the social work programme.
He said Government is working with non-State actors through international organisations towards improving people’s quality of life.
Mr Mukelabai said poor training in social work is a danger to both the social workers and to the clientele because it can frustrate efforts aimed at improving the conditions in which people live in.
“We are keen to always have adequately trained social workers,’’ he said.

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