The Honourable Minister of Education, Hon. Douglas Munsaka Syakalima, delivered a significant speech at the Capacity Building Workshop on Curriculum conducted by UNESCO at Cresta Golf View in Lusaka from 7th to 11th August 2023.

Addressing distinguished participants, including the Permanent Secretary-Educational Services, Director of Curriculum Development, Chief Programmes Officer of Zambia National Commission for UNESCO, and UNESCO-IBE Curriculum Experts, the Minister expressed gratitude to UNESCO’s International Bureau of Education (IBE) for conducting the training and providing financial and material support.

Hon. Syakalima highlighted the crucial role of curriculum in achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG4) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, emphasizing that education can transform lives with a well-designed curriculum. He acknowledged the importance of quality education and curriculum reform in line with the national vision, as guided by President Hakainde Hichilema.

The Minister recognized the significance of the ongoing curriculum reform and the need for alignment with national development, emphasizing the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education, digital literacy, financial education, and entrepreneurship skills.

The hybrid training modality, comprising in-person workshops and online sessions, will equip participants to address curriculum matters comprehensively, covering policy dialogue, curriculum change, textbook development, learner assessment, and curriculum evaluation.

Hon. Syakalima urged participants to leverage the knowledge gained from the workshop to develop a new curriculum that aligns with national goals, addresses emerging issues, and enhances educational quality and relevance.

In conclusion, the Minister declared the workshop officially open and expressed gratitude to all stakeholders involved in advancing education and curriculum excellence in Zambia.

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