Zambian Watchdog

Thandiwe appeals for UN, Malaysian assistance

Thandiwe Banda

Zambia First Lady Thandiwe Banda hoped that Malaysia could help the African country in the area of early child education.

She said as a developing country, Zambia needed support and assistance from various sources as the country could not afford to have more early child education centres due to the lack of financial resources.

“If Malaysia is willing to help us (Zambia), we will be very happy,” she told reporters at a press conference on the sidelines of the second-day of the inaugural First Ladies Summit 2010 at the Palace of the Golden Horses, Kuala Lumpur, Tuesday.

At the same time, Banda also hoped to get some support from the United Nations (UN) to build more schools for early education in Zambia.

“If the UN can help us, that will be a plus for us to step out of this problem,” she said.

She pointed out that most of the problems faced by developing countries were due to the lack of education for the people, particularly at an earlier stage.

Asked on the issues and ideas brought up by the Malaysian prime minister’s wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor in her keynote address today, Banda said she would be taking back most of the thoughts to be implemented in Zambia.

“That does not mean that I will be able to do everything she (Rosmah) said…I will try to find out what works for Zambia and try to implement them according to our needs and wants.

“The key point that I will be taking back home from this summit is that we need to equip young people with skills for them to look out for opportunities in future,” she added.

Rosmah in her speech had said, among others, that education, particularly at an early stage, was the most important tool to nurture children into responsible leaders and good citizens, and shape the future for a better world.

She said education would give children the capacity, capability and value system to be good leaders, as well as the social mobility to uplift themselves.

Fifteen First Ladies are attending the summit themed, “A Child Today, A Leader Tomorrow”.

Also attending are six representatives of First Ladies and 20 ministers.

The First Ladies Summit 2010, initiated and hosted by Rosmah, focuses on ways in which families, communities and governments can work together to uncover the potential in every child.


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