Lusaka Province Education Officer Alice Nzala has commended ZAIN Zambia for supplementing its efforts in improving education standards in the country.
Ms Nzala said government was gratified by the communication company’s contribution to the improvement of education by impacting pupils with various skills.
She said there was need for pupils in the country to acquire skills that can assist them towards contributing effectively to the economic growth of the country.
She said this in a speech read on her behalf by provincial Education standards officer Agness Ngula during the Inter Schools final debate competition held at the Everlyn Hone College in Lusaka today.
Ms Nzala added that skills development among the youths plays a vital role in the developing of education standards in any country.
She noted school children should be encouraged to effectively understand what is happening around them and world as whole if the are to grow in to responsible adults.
The competition which was organized by ZAIN Zambia and AVAP attracted over 16 secondary Schools across the country and came to an end in Lusaka today with the finalist being Kabulonga Girls High School and Kafue Boys Secondary.
And earlier, Anti Voter Apathy Project (AVAP) Executive Director Bonnie Tembo said the future of democratic dispension lies in the hands of young people.
Mr. Tembo pointed out that this was why initiatives aimed at promoting proved skills development for young people need to be supported.
He explained that young people participating in programmes like debate competition will be helped in developing their reading culture as they will be forced to research on different topics.
He further charged that good governance and democracy can only be strengthened if they is full participation of young people.
Mr. Tembo since called upon other stakeholders in the country to emulate ZAIN Zambia and ensure that they assist in skills development of young people.