NANCY SIAME, Lusaka
THE Turkish government has pledged to establish education facilities in all the provinces of the country.
Special advisor to Turkish President Hasan Yavuz who met President Lungu at the just-ended 29th African Union (AU) summit for heads of state and government said his government is ready to partner with Zambia to uplift the standards of education.
During the meeting on Tuesday, President Lungu advised the Turkish delegation to liaise with the Zambian embassy in Addis Ababa on modalities of how and when their commitment to Zambia can be actualised.
“The Turkish government is prepared to build schools and rent buildings in Zambia for education purposes. The schools that will be built will be from kindergarten to secondary school,” Mr Yavuz said.
This is according to a statement issued yesterday by first secretary for press at the Zambian mission in Ethiopia Inutu Mwanza.
Mr Yavuz, who will be leading a delegation to Zambia from July 27 to 29, said he is looking forward to having fruitful discussions with the ministries of General Education, Foreign Affairs and Finance.
He also asked the Zambian government to allow his government to take over the running of the Turkish school in Kabulonga to curtail the funding of a group suspected to have been involved in last year’s unrest in Turkey.
And Zambia’s Ambassador to Ethiopia Susan Sikaneta welcomed the proposal to construct schools and invest in other businesses in Zambia.
“Zambia would like to learn from Turkey, a country leading in construction, agriculture and even in the clothing industry,” Ms Sikaneta said.