Samsung, Habitat partner to help Kabwe school

SAMSUNG Zambia and Habitat for Humanity have partnered with the Ministry of Education to build 18 teachers’ houses and install solar and internet at Hamududu Primary School in Kabwe.
Speaking during the pre-launch of the project at the Ministry of Education headquarters in Lusaka, Education Deputy Minister Sydney Mushanga said the internet will improve the quality of education in information and communications technology (ICTs).
Mr Mushanga said the initiative by the two firms has come at a time when the Ministry of Education has introduced ICTs in schools.
He said the move will enable communities in rural areas that have no access to electricity an opportunity to have quality education like their urban counterparts.
“It is undeniable that there are emerging opportunities for the education sector to expand access and improve the quality of education by use of ICTs and for ensuring equity through provision of alternative learning methods for communities living in rural set-ups,” he said.
And on the houses, the minister said the lack of accommodation in the education sector has been a challenge that has impacted negatively on the deployment of rural teachers.
He said the solar and the 18 houses will translate into improved quality education at the school.
“I am optimistic that the construction of the school and the provision of decent shelter to 18 families will help to provide a conducive learning environment and ultimately a better education for the children,” he said.
At the same occasion, Samsung Zambia business leader James Chona said the company has chosen to supplement government efforts by helping create a sustainable learning environment for pupils in marginalised communities such as Hamududu.
Samsung is targeting schools in newly-created districts and has already installed a solar system in Shiwang’andu.

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