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Education Minister Highlights the Power of Early Childhood Education as FNB Donates Desks to Primary School

Zambia’s Education Minister Douglas Syakalima emphasized the transformative power of education in shaping future generations during a significant event in Lusaka. 

Speaking at Mtendere Primary School on Thursday, where First National Bank (FNB) donated desks for Early Childhood Education (ECE), Hon. Syakalima highlighted the government’s deliberate investment in education, particularly in ECE.

“Education is a weapon that has the power to shape and change generations,” stated Hon. Syakalima. He underscored the importance of instilling good morals and principles in young children, a task that becomes increasingly challenging with age. 

The Minister stressed that the government is dedicated not only to providing quality education but also to ensuring that the next generation grows up with strong moral values.

The event was attended by Munali Member of Parliament and Green Economy and Environment Minister, Hon. Mike Mposha. He echoed the Education Minister’s sentiments and pointed out that the Education for All policy has significantly increased school enrollment, resulting in a shortage of furniture. 

He reassured that the government is addressing this issue through the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) and welcomed the support from partners like FNB.

“We are committed to resolving the desk shortage in schools, and the assistance from partners such as FNB is always welcome and appreciated,” said Hon. Mposha.

FNB Chief Executive Officer, Ms. Kapumpe Chola, expressed the bank’s commitment to supporting the government’s educational initiatives. She announced that FNB is donating tables and chairs for ECE learners to 22 schools across the country, valued at approximately K800,000.

“Partnering with the government in the education sector aligns with our understanding of the importance of the Education for All policy. We believe that our contributions will help create a conducive learning environment for young children,” said Ms. Chola.

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