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Facebook appoints Mwebantu W.H.O ambassador to fight Covid-19

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FACEBOOK has appointed Mwebantu, an online newspaper in Zambia as a COVID-19 Ambassador with the World Health Organization (WHO) to fight the Covid-19 pandemic. Facebook has stated that they have an urgent need to help the World Health Organization (WHO) with COVID-19 messages.

Facebook has been requested by the World Health Organization (WHO) to help them get urgent critical health messages about the COVID-19 pandemic out to the public quickly through people and organizations who have large followings on Facebook platforms. To this end, Mwebantu will serve as a WHO Facebook Ambassador, and will be frequently informed on the urgent messages that WHO would intend to share.

Last week, Facebook announced a $20M matching donations to support global relief efforts against the COVID-19 pandemic. This commitment includes $10million for the United Nations Foundation (UNF) and World Health Organization’s (WHO) newly established COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, and $10M for the CDC Foundation.

The COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fundraiser supports WHO’s global efforts to track the outbreak, help patients and frontline workers, and speed up vaccine and treatment development. The CDC Foundation plans to launch their fundraiser in the coming weeks to directly aid public health professionals in local communities, create education campaigns and much more.

100% of what’s raised on Facebook and Instagram always goes to the benefiting organization. Facebook states that it realizes that businesses have been impacted and will be supportive during this time.

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17 year old boy, shot dead in Lusaka, as Police attempt to enforce COVID-19 regulations

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POLICE last night fought running battles with residents of Kamanga compound in Chelstone after officers who went to close a night club which was operating after the stipulated hours shot a 17 year old boy in the process.
The development angered the residents who went and attacked a local police post and smashed vehicles and injured some officers.
According to eye witnesses who live in the same community, the riot which started around 01:00 hours continued until this morning adding that police officers were discharging teagass canisters choking household occupants and detained anyone they found.
And Police Spokesperson Esther Katongo has confirmed in a statement to Mwebantu and said the confusion started when the night club operators resisted to have their business closed by police.
“As they tried to close the premises, patrons rose against the officers and during the process of the confusion, a firearm went off and shot Timothy Zulu aged 17 years of Kamanga Compound who has died,” Katongo said.
She said the shooting sparked riots in which Kamanga Police post and two police motor vehicles got damaged while one officer who was among the officers who went to pick the body of the victim has been injured.
Katongo said calm has restored and officers are on the ground keeping vigil.
She has sinced appealed to members of the public to remain calm as investigations continue in the matter.

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English is not a measure of intelligence, let’s embrace use of local languages, Bowman Lusambo

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KABUSHI Member of Parliament Bowman Lusambo has suggested that Zambia should embrace the use of local languages in official communication saying English should not be used to measure one’s intelligence.

Mr Lusambo who is also Lusaka Province Minister has also called upon educational authorities to consider extending the teaching of learners in local languages across all Grades.

He said it is unfortunate that many brilliant pupils have failed to progress to University after failing to pass English.

Mr Lusambo was speaking on Saturday when he officiated at the Ndola District Covid-19 Inter-School Debate Contest held at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium.

Masala High School emerged winners of the contest and walked away with K8,000, a trophy, certificates, learning Martine and T-shirts followed by Kansenshi High School who received K6,000 and a trophy.

“I listened to a lot of good debaters here but unfortunately, some could not express themselves fully because of limited abilities in English. This happens across many other fields in Zambia.”

“It’s regrettable that a young man or young girl would have very good marks in all Sciences and Mathematics but have an 8 or a 7 in English and that pupil will be denied a place at UNZA. Are you telling me that if a pupil can’t pass English then that child is dull?”

Mr Lusambo explained that many advanced nations have embraced the use of their own languages.

“Language is part of our culture. By promoting the use of local languages, we are helping preserve who we are as a people,” he said.

He added,” What we have today is the Queens language, it’s not our language. After many years of Independence, we should be proud of examining our learner in Kaonde, Lunda, Lamba, Tonga, Lozi, Bemba and any of these local languages.

Mr Lusambo also thanked President Edgar Lungu for ordering the reopening of examination classes saying the move was a wise one as it has ensured that learners in exam classes prepare adequately for their exams.

“When His Excellency announced the move, many visionless people including those from the political sector criticized the move but as we speak, all schools went through the full term without recording any Covid-19 cases.”

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School holidays reduced to two weeks

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GENERAL Education Minister Dennis Wanchinga has announced that the school holiday has been reduced to two weeks only to cover up the time that was wasted during the COVID-19 Outbreak.
Speaking at a press briefing in Lusaka today, Wanchinga said schools will close on Friday, 28  August 2020 and reopening on Monday 14 September, 2020 and that the two weeks short holiday will continue even next year.
The Minister added that the 2020 General Certificate of Education ( GCE) and grade nine external examinations will be written during the  holiday.

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ZAMBIA: COVID-19 STATS

20 Oct 2020, 3:48 AM (GMT)

Zambia Stats

15,897 Total Cases
346 Deaths
15,031 Recovered

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