THE University of Zambia (UNZA) has reached a 95% completion stage in the construction of a teaching and learning complex housing two lecture theatres with a cumulative sitting capacity of 700 students.
The two lecture theatres erected at the UNZA main campus in the space between the Confucius Institute and Population Studies teaching building, is made possible with funds internally generated by UNZA through the partnership with Graduare Property Development Zambia Limited, the proprietors of East Park Mall.
The state-of-the-art project to be commissioned in a months’ time, is comprised of two state-of-art lecture theatres with a sitting capacity of 350 each, two conference facilities with cumulative sitting capacity of 120 people, office spaces, computer laboratories, ablution blocks and kitchens.
The project will also provide ultra-modern office and ICT support equipment and infrastructure.
Meanwhile, government through the Public Private Partnership (PPP) Council and PPP Unit Staff led by Hon. Ronald Chitotela in his capacity as Vice Chairperson of the PPP Council and Chairperson of the sub-committee responsible for private development and investment promotion, inspected the investment projects that included the teaching and learning complex and the Printing Press housed under UNZA Printer.
Hon. Chitotela expressed happiness with the development projects made possible through the partnership with Graduare Property Development Limited the owners of East Park Mall.
And UNZA Vice Chancellor Prof. Luke. E. Mumba reaffirmed Management’s commitment to addressing infrastructure challenges as well as achieving financial sustainability through venturing in business enterprises.
The Vice Chancellor adds, that the partnership between UNZA and East Park Mall has realised fruits that have seen the construction of the two lecture theatres and the purchase of the state-of-the-art Industrial Printing Machine under UNZA Printer valued at Euros 800,000.
The Vice Chancellor also adds that the university has made some note -worthy achievements in infrastructure development that include:
• the construction and refurbishment of the Special Needs Education Centre at the School of Education with the financial support of the Christian Blind Mission in Germany;
• the construction of the Confucius Institute with support from the Chinese Government;
• the construction of the Population Studies teaching building with support from the American Government through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR);
• the construction of the School of Public Health Lecture theatre with the financial support from the United States Government through the Department of Defence and the Centre for Disease Control (CDC);
• the construction of two ultra-modern lecture theatres at the School of Engineering with a cumulative sitting capacity of 800 with financial support from the African Development Bank (AfDB) through the Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE), and the;
• the construction of a learning complex under the Graduate School of Business (GSB) to house a library, computer room, four 60-seater tutorial rooms and a 350 capacity lecture theatre to be funded using internally generated resources.
Meanwhile, UNZA Management is committed to investing in infrastructure development projects at its two campuses (Great East Road Main and Ridgeway campuses) to promote the highest quality of teaching and learning, research and community service for its Staff, Students and the general public.
This according to a press statement issued by
Dr. Brenda Bukowa, Acting Head – Communication and Marketing at the University of Zambia (UNZA).
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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