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Hon. Minister confers with UNESCO Regional Representative

The Minister of Higher Education, Professor Nkandu Luo met at the Ministry’s Headquarters with Prof. Gizen, the UNESCO Regional Representative. Prof Luo and Prof Gizen discussed many issues of common interests such as progress being made by Zambia on Comprehensive Sexual Education, SDGs focusing on Education such as SDG4, he importance of focusing on Science, Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship as an important catalyst to National Development.

The Minister called on United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, Regional Representative Professor Hubert Gizen to partner with the Ministry of Higher Education and together develop programs that will revitalize the Higher Education institutions and ensure that the Zambian populous start appreciating that University Education, Skills, Science Technology and innovation is key to National Development.

Prof Luo highlighted the need to extend UNESCO’s support to Comprehensive Sexual Education to colleges, Trade Schools, and Universities. She pointed out that most new infections of HIV are being reported amongst age groups found in these institutions. In agreeing with Prof Luo’s submission on this matter, Prof Gizen said that according to a study conducted in Malawi, Zambia, and Zimbabwe the new rate of infections was found in the age groups of young people in the Higher Learning Institutions and hence the need to formulate programs that are all-inclusive.

Prof Luo shared with Prof Given that she is working round the clock to ensure support of the programmes of the Ministry of Higher Education by cooperating Partners and also to convince everybody that activities the Ministry of Higher education are a continuum of the total approach to education.  She cited that if a quick analysis is done of those selling talk time on the street are have an O Level certificate and hence the need to ensure the continuum of education so that nobody is eft behind. Furthermore, skills development should not be seen as a question of either or, but an important career path that will contribute greatly not only to wealth creation of individuals but also to National Development

In his response, Professor Gizen said he will ensure that UNESCO programs are inclusive of those in the Higher L He said according to a study conducted in Malawi, Zambia, and Zimbabwe the new rate of infections was found in the age groups of young people in the Higher Learning Institutions and hence the need to formulate programs that are all-inclusive.

He also saw the need for a paradigm shift in the way countries are supported and that greater emphasis should be on quality education, Science, Technology, Innovation, and entrepreneurship. Therefore, he thought that there are lessons to learn in the world such as what happened in South Korea and Ghana. A decision and development of policy environment that prioritizes education, investment in science, technology and innovation has put South Korea as one of the leading countries as far as development is concerned.

Meanwhile, Professor Gizen says it was time to also formulate policies that favor the Higher Education and greater recognition of its role in development. Prof Gizen assured Prof Luo of  UNESCO support to Higher Education.

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