The Minister of Education, Hon. Douglas Syakalima, highlighted the transformative power of education as a catalyst for positive social change during the 10th graduation ceremony of Kwame Nkrumah University in Kabwe on Friday 10th November, 2023.
Under the theme “Serving for Excellence,” the ceremony celebrated the academic achievements of the graduates and emphasized the essential role of education in societal development.
Minister Syakalima expressed the view that the knowledge and skills acquired through education are instrumental tools that contribute to progress in various sectors of society.
Addressing the graduates, Hon. Syakalima emphasized that the degrees and certificates conferred were a call to service, urging the recipients to contribute responsibly and with integrity to the betterment of the country.
“I urge you now to go and make a difference in society and serve with integrity. Use the skills you have acquired at this University to bring about real positive change not only at the individual level but for future generations as well,” the Minister encouraged.
Hon. Syakalima also commended Kwame Nkrumah University for its initiative in introducing a School of Agriculture Science. Recognizing the scarcity of teachers in this field, he deemed it a positive step toward utilizing Zambia’s abundant arable land effectively.
Central Province Minister, Princess Kasune, encouraged the graduates to leverage the knowledge gained to add value to the country, emphasizing the importance of their contribution to national development.
Kwame Nkrumah University’s Vice Chancellor, Prof. Alfred Mwanza, expressed pride in the achievements of the graduating students.
He assured that the university had equipped them with modern skills to serve the country effectively, expressing confidence in their capabilities for the tasks ahead.
Speaking on behalf of the graduating students, Natasha Mumba conveyed their readiness to contribute to society.
Ms. Mumba stressed that the graduates were aware of the government’s commitment to employment creation, citing the recent hiring of over 30,000 teachers and the ongoing recruitment of 4,500 teachers, instilling confidence in the graduates regarding their future employment prospects.
The ceremony marked not only the academic accomplishments of the graduates but also the collective belief in the transformative power of education for societal progress.