Press Statement on Support From World Bank
Discussions have been held between the World Bank and the Minister of higher Education in Zambia Prof Nkandu Luo regarding support to the Higher Education sector as the world prepares for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Prof Nkandu Luo identified particular in the field of ICT, working with other key line Ministries such as the Ministry of General Education, Ministry of Transport and Communication, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Services, Ministry of Finance, and Ministry of National Development Planning among others.
As an outcome of this meeting the Minister agreed to develop a program to enhancement Information Communication and Technology (ICT) connectivity that will be rolled-out to all learning institutions both the Universities and TEVET Institutions across the country.
This came to light when the Minister of Higher Education, Professor Nkandu Luo met the World Bank team during a side meeting at the ongoing Partnership for Skills in Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology (PASET) forum in Kigali Rwanda.
World Bank advisor for Science, Technology and Innovation Dr. Sajita Bashir informed Professor Luo that there was room for the World Bank to support Zambia in the Higher Education and Skills Development and indicated that the Ministry needed to present a useful master plan on areas that needed urgent support. Dr. Bashir said there was need to discuss the promotion of skills training and in particular, connectivity of institutions of higher learning in order to promote digital learning.
And Word Bank, Digital Development Practice Manager Dr. Michel Rogy suggested during the meeting that a workshop be held in June 2019 to sensitize stakeholders on the importance of digital learning, connectivity and possible support to the higher education sector.
Speaking earlier, the Minister of Higher Education, Professor Nkandu Luo told the representatives from the World Bank that the sector needed a lot of support if it was to realize its full potential as it is the key driver of national development. The Hon. Minister also indicated that she plans to engage the private sector representatives such as the Chamber of Commerce, the Chamber of Mines, Zambia Federation of Employers, Zambia Association of Manufacturers and many others in a quest to strengthen linkages between training and industry.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Higher Education has agreed to partner with Mohammad the VIth Polytechnic University of Morocco. The University will provide scholarships at post graduate level for Masters and Ph.D to students and researchers in public institutions. The possible partnership was agreed to between the Director for Initiative of Science, Technology and Innovation Anoual Jamali of Mohammad the VI th Polytechnic and the Hon. Minister of Higher Education Professor Nkandu Luo during the on-going PASET Meeting in Kigali Rwanda.
The Minister is in Rwanda attending the PASET forum under the theme “Destination Digital Africa: preparing our Youth for the Future. The forum is being attended by more than 20 countries. Also in attendance are 16 Ministers of Education, Science and Technology.
By Chiselwa Kawanda
Public Relations Officer
Ministry of Higher Education