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President Hichilema Advocates for Early Childhood Development Partnerships

His Excellency President Hakainde Hichilema of Zambia has emphasized the importance of active partnerships in promoting Early Childhood Development (ECD). 

During a meeting with a delegation from Big Win Philanthropy, led by President Ms. Jamie Anne Cooper, President Hichilema underscored the need to build capacity and instill positive values in young learners to cultivate orderliness and advance the nation.

President Hichilema highlighted that early childhood education plays a pivotal role in nurturing future generations towards socio-economic prosperity, emphasizing the significance of laying a strong foundation today for a better society tomorrow. 

He called for a multi-sectoral approach in formulating and implementing strategies to support ECD, recognizing its critical role in national development.

Echoing President Hichilema’s sentiments, Her Worship the Mayor of Lusaka, Ms. Chilando Chitangala, affirmed the city’s commitment to improving early childhood education infrastructure. 

She noted existing structures that could be refurbished into early childhood facilities, expressing optimism that such initiatives would enhance the learning environment for children.

Ms. Jamie Anne Cooper reiterated Big Win Philanthropy’s dedication to supporting governments across various African countries in achieving holistic early childhood development. 

She emphasized that the program aims not only to enhance the education system but also to address fundamental aspects of child development, irrespective of socio-economic backgrounds.

Prior to the meeting at State House, Ms. Cooper and her delegation engaged with key ministers responsible for ECD, including the Ministers of Local Government and Rural Development, Health, Education, and Community Development and Social Services. 

Chola Mwamba, LCC Public Relations Manager noted that his collaborative effort underscores the government’s commitment to prioritizing ECD initiatives to meet the developmental needs of children, encompassing cognitive, social, and emotional aspects, as well as enhancing school performance and productivity.

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