Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Stanbic urges skills training for youths
By Fridah Nkonde
Wed 17 Apr. 2013, 14:01 CAT

STANBIC Bank has called for equipping of young people with skills to help them properly integrate in society.

Speaking in Lusaka yesterday when the bank hosted students from across the country, head of marketing and communication, Kamiza Chikula, said students needed to have life skills imparted in them in order for them to properly integrate into society.

"Once the youth are equipped with necessary skills, they will be able to relate to the aspirations of the country and contribute positively to its development. Equipping young people should not fall on government's shoulders alone but on the corporate world and community at large. Each student here today comes from a community that has the responsibility of preparing the student for a future role as a leader," Chikula said.

He said investing in the youth, especially those from underprivileged communities, would have a positive effect on social and economic development.

Stanbic Bank has over three years supported Junior Achievement Zambia in its effort to provide guidance and mentorship to students across the country.

The students are usually hosted by the bank for a day of mentoring on careers and life skills as well as an opportunity to get first-hand experience of working life in a cooperate environment.

While in Lusaka, students will visit State House where first lady Dr Christine Kaseba will provide a one-on-one mentorship session to each of the students and present them with certificates of participation.


There would be no Zambia without teachers, says Sata
By Fridah Nkonde
Wed 17 Apr. 2013, 14:01 CAT

PRESIDENT Michael Sata says the importance of teachers in the country cannot be underestimated.

During the junior achievers mentorship programme at State House yesterday, President Sata said there could be no Zambia without teachers, adding that there was need to look after them well.

And President Sata gave a pair of shoes and mathematical sets to each of the 30 junior achievers and also took time to interact and pose for photographs with the elated pupils from all the 10 provinces of Zambia.

Meanwhile, first lady Dr Christine Kaseba encouraged the pupils to work hard at school and also advised the girls not to be distracted by money from sugar daddies.

"Concentrate on your studies and do not be distracted by money that comes from sugar daddies because you will be able to make more money than what you will be given to distract your studies. You need to think beyond, and for you to be able to attain your goals, you need to read and work extra hard because there is no substitute for hard work. Make sure you go to school and listen to you parents, and your teachers. Remember that you are the present and the future for this country. The future of this country rests solely in your hands. Work hard in order for you to take this country further than where we are. We are depending on you to make a difference," Dr Kaseba said.

She said every pupil needed to be guided on the career choices adding that her wish was to see all schools offer career guidance to pupils.
She said pupils in rural areas faced a lot of hardships.

"A lot of them are going through a lot of hardships. Some are staying with their grandparents, some are single orphans and some have parents but they cannot provide for them. My appeal to the Ministry (of Education) is to see how we can put in a fund to help the vulnerable children to be able to complete their secondary school. This group, I am particularly proud to note that we have 20 young girls who are achievers and I need to commend the girls to continue working hard. It's important that girls continue to work hard and be achievers. Having interacted with the children, it is evident that they have gained a lot of insight and I am confident that they will be able to make informed career choices," she said.

Dr Kaseba commended Stanbic Bank Zambia for the support and the money that they had continued to pump into the programme.

Stanbic Bank Zambia chief executive Dennis Kennedy said the mentorship programme was no longer a preserve of families where the young students came from but the responsibility of those that had had opportunities to excel in their respective fields.

Education permanent secretary Dr Patrick Nkanza thanked Dr Kaseba for her efforts in mentoring pupils.

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