Copperbelt university gets Zain Africa Challenge grant

Zain Zambia has officially handed over the Zain Africa Challenge grant to Copperbelt University for taking part in the prestigious inter-Africa university academic tournament held in Kampala, Uganda. Copperbelt University won US$15,000.00 while each of the six team members walked away with US$1500.00 for their performance at the international festivals. Handing over the items, Zain Zambia Managing Director Fayez King said: “As you all know by now, everyone is a winner in the Zain Africa Challenge. The challenge is not so much about money but more about exposing the educational opportunities that lie in Africa and cultural exchange among African universities. I am sure that the team that traveled made a lot of friends from across Africa and came back with more information about the diversity of Africa through interactions. It is against this backdrop that I ask you to join me in congratulating Zambia Adventist University for making it that far. He also said Zain is committed to uplifting the education standards in the country through the Build Our Nation initiative in which vulnerable schools get facelifts and donations of literacy materials. “Since inception, we have spent over K6 billion supporting vulnerable schools in all the 72 districts in Zambia through interventions such as infrastructure construction and renovation, donation of desks and literacy materials just to mention a few. We believe that the development of this country and indeed the world lies in an educated population”, said Mr. Sinkamba. The fourth edition of the Zain Africa Challenge was won by Egerton university of Kenya who have won three times. The university won US$50,000.00 in institutional grants while each of the participating team members won US$5,000.00. The Zain Africa Challenge which ended this month is televised across Africa. In Zambia, the show was broadcast on Muvi TV and ZNBC TV. The Zain Africa Challenge is part of the Zain Group’s corporate social responsibility efforts to support education across Africa. Copperbelt university which was eliminated at quarter final stage qualified to the inter national festival alongside the University of Zambia and Zambia Adventist. This was after eliminating three other eligible universities; Cavendish, Copperstone and Zambia Open universities. The Zain Africa Challenge brings together over 100 universities from across Africa while at the international festival 32 universities compete for the prestigious Zain scholars trophy and the grand prize of US$50,000.00 institutional grants and US$5,000.00 personal cash.

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