FIRST Lady Esther Lungu says the future of Zambia lies in the hands of the youth and Government will continue providing quality education to the young generation to spearhead development.
She said this when she handed over 50 computers, 50 desks and chairs and an 8-tonne Fiat truck to Mushindamo Girls Technical School in North-Western Province.
Mrs Lungu said the computers donated by Huawei Technologies Zambia was the fulfilment of President Edgar Lungu’s promise to the school when he visited it in June this year.
She said the fulfilment was a clear indication that President Lungu was a father and a parent who could be depended on.
Mrs Lungu emphasized the need for parents to educate the girl child, saying the computers would supplement Government’s efforts in narrowing the existing digital divide in order to ensure a bright future for the pupils.
“We thank Huawei Technologies for the computers that I am handing over today. Such efforts exhibited by the company should be encouraged and supported,” she said.
Mrs Lungu said the introduction of information communication technology (ICT) curriculum had brought a severe constraint on Government to provide computers to schools in the country.
“The introduction of ICT in the Zambian curriculum was a noble cause for Government,” she said.
Mrs Lungu implored other private organizations to emulate Huawei Technologies by supplementing Government’s efforts and urged the recipients of the computers to put them to good use.
And the First Lady has advised parents to uphold the right of a girl child.
She said parents should take keen interest in ensuring that the girl child attained education and avoid marrying off the children at a tender age.
“Marrying off children at a tender age is a crime; let these grow and attain the education standard that will help them in future,” she said.
And Huawei Technologies Zambia Limited executive director Emillion Ming said the 50 computers are part of the company’s corporate social responsibility.
He said his company believed in ploughing back to the community in which it operates.
Meanwhile, Transport and Communications Minister Kapembwa Simbao said Government recognized that the use of computers and other ICT tools were formidable in the 21st Century that required increased literacy levels to use and obtain maximum benefit.
He said Government was continuously striving to put in place an appropriate policy to promote the development of ICT in the country.