ZAMBIA is scheduled to participate in more than five sports disciplines during the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics to be held in Japan between 24th July and 9th August, 2020.
This is according to a statement availed to Mwebantu by First secretary for press at the Zambian Embassy in Japan Yotamu Mugara.
And Zambia has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Asahi City in Chiba prefecture of Japan under the Host City Initiative for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics. The MoU grants the Zambian Olympic teams opportunity to camp and use training facilities in preparation a month ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics.
According to the National Olympic Committee, Zambia shall compete in several disciplines such as Judo, Boxing, Athletics, Swimming, Handball, and Football pending qualifications for group sports.
The MoU was signed separately in Lusaka, Zambia by National Olympic Committee of Zambia president, Alfred Foloko on December 4, 2019 and Asahi City Mayor, Tadanao Akechi on January 15, 2020 in Asahi City, Japan.
Zambia’s Ambassador, Mrs. Ndiyoi Muliwana Mutiti who witnessed the signing ceremony in Asahi City, Japan thanked Asahi City for agreeing to be the host city for the Zambian Olympic teams saying the gesture and facilitation of training facilities for various sport disciplines in which Zambia will compete is commendable.
Ambassador Mutiti said the Host Town Initiative which aims at promoting human, economic and cultural exchanges will go a long way in cementing relations between Japan and Zambia, going towards and after the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.
“I am optimistic that through this program, the people of Asahi City and the Zambian sports teams will seize the opportunity and promote globalism, and the economic and cultural activities for the two countries.” Ambassador Mutiti added, “Zambia is looking forward to further expansion of trade and investment between the two countries. The country has enough space in various sectors such as energy, mining, infrastructure, tourism, health, science and technology, agriculture, agro-processing, and manufacturing.
Ambassador Mutiti encouraged the City of Asahi to help promote Zambia’s investment and tourism potential.
Meanwhile Mr. Akechi said Asahi City is ready to partner with Zambia to strengthen and promote mutual understanding through sports, education, culture, and economics before and after the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic games.
The Mayor said his city which is the fifth richest area of agricultural production in Japan is interested to cooperate with Zambia in developing the sector.
Mr. Akechi added, “The people of Asahi are ready to welcome and support the Zambian athletes during pre-camp training and the Olympic Games because Zambia has a remarkable historical background on Olympics especially after hoisting the Zambian flag first at the Tokyo 1964 Olympic Games on October 24, 1964.”
Embrace Digital Learning as Schools Reopen
ZAMTEL has urged school administrators, parents and guardians to embrace digital learning even as learners in non-examination classes return to classes today.
Zamtel Corporate Communications Manager Changwe Kabwe noted that learners should be encouraged not to abandon the use of e-learning platforms they adopted during the period when schools were closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Mr. Kabwe stated that it is critical that school administrators fully integrate some aspects of delivering lessons digitally as part of embracing the New Normal.
He said during the period of school closure, Zamtel observed growing interest from learners to shift to digital learning as an alternative which should not be allowed to die down as classes reopen.
Mr Kabwe said Zamtel launched Smart Revision and the e-Learning portal to help bridge the learning gap created by the school closures and to popularize digital learning.
He said the number of learners interacting with the two platforms on www.smartrevision.co.zm and www.elearning.co.zm since they were launched in April has been encouraging.
“We have seen thousands of learners interacting with the two platforms and we would like that to continue even as these learners return to class today. We should get to a point where digital learning work side by side with conversational modes of delivering education,” Mr Kabwe said.
He announced that Zamtel is working on school based subscription packages which will allow schools to purchase subscriptions for learners.
“We are ready to work with school administrators to ensure that e-Learning is not left by the side as our learners return to class. We need to maintain the gains recorded during the closure period and integrate digital learning into mainstream modes of teaching and learning,” Mr Kabwe said.
Mr Kabwe also announced that Zamtel will soon introduce additional features on its e-learning portal such as online live lessons to be conducted by teachers with approved curriculum by the Ministry of Education.
“What the last few months have shown is that virtual learning is going to be the new Normal and we are excited that these learning tools provided by Zamtel have enabled thousands of learners to access quality education. We are pushing up our efforts to get more schools adopting the use of digital platforms to deliver education services,” Mr Kabwe said.
Zamtel is Zambia’s only total communication solutions provider. Zamtel is 100 percent owned by the Zambian Government through the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), providing voice, data, fixed, internet, MPLS and business continuity services to businesses and individual customers in Zambia. Zamtel is committed to make a difference and empower communities as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility.
This is according to a press statement by Zamtel Corporate Affairs and Government Relations Unit.
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