THE Embassy of Zambia in Germany shall continue to aspire to a development path that carries along as many people as possible especially in rural Zambia in line with President Edgar Chagwa Lungu´s mantra of “not leaving anyone behind,” said Ambassador Anthony Mukwita.
Ambassador Mukwita was speaking when he officially received a generous donation of laptops that will be given as a gift to some rural Zambian pupils from a family charity in Germany that has close work links with the embassy in Berlin.
The 21 laptops valued at several thousands of euros were donated by Mrs. Anita and husband Mr. Horst Bartsch, a German couple that has been doing charity work in Kaula and Loloma Secondary Schools located near Manyinga in the North Western Province of Zambia near the border with Angola.
“Your choice of the two schools located far away from urban centers where modern facilities are not to be found is significant for the Zambian government as the donation will help bridge the digital divide and afford rural-based young learners an opportunity to enjoy the benefits of the information age”, Ambassador Mukwita said.
The diplomat that hosted the couple in his office said the ease of access to information made possible by the computer technology means that the pupils at Kaula and Loloma could make up for the loss that is occasioned by the lack of textbooks but often accessed by urban pupils.
Mrs. Bartsch said the laptops are intended to prepare the pupils for tertiary education where computer literacy is necessary to undertake assignments.
Working with the Gosner Missionaries of Germany who have a presence in Zambia, Mrs. Bartsch and her husband who have retired from active work have developed an affinity for Zambian children some of whom they have been supporting to further tertiary education.
The Bartschs sourced the 21 laptops from a German company. The donation comes at a time when the government of President Lungu has embarked on deepening Internet penetration in the country by rolling out communication towers throughout the country.
Through the e-government division or Smart-Zambia Secretariat, the Zambian government is implementing a nationwide program that would ensure that public services are accessed through the Internet.
Consequently, just about every one of the country’s more than twenty government Ministries and public bodies now maintain functional websites while it taxes can now be paid online and electronic pay slips have replaced paper pay slips resulting in government saving millions in taxpayers’ monies.
Under the Ministry of Education, gradually, schools are being equipped with computers to facilitate the pupils’ access to the Internet while they also acquire computer skills.
Ambassador Mukwita called on more Germans to emulate the “good big hearts of Mr. and Mrs. Barsch and donate what they do not need to vulnerable groups that may need such equipment in Zambia as the rural development narrative continues.”
The Zambian embassy in Berlin has in the past organized a donation of a 40-foot container of medical equipment for the charity run by the First Lady Mrs. Esther Lungu, including a hospital in Nangoma.
“What may appear as useless here in the developed west could be very useful back home in Zambia hence the reason we appreciate good Samaritan work embarked upon by people like the Bartch´s. God bless them”, Ambassador Mukwita said.
This is according to a statement issues by Kellys Kaunda, First Secretary Press and Public Relations at the embassy in Berlin.
Zamtel named Most Improved and Innovative Enterprise
ZAMTEL has been named “The Most Improved Enterprise” and the “Most Innovative Enterprise” by the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC).
The awards were presented to Zamtel Board Chairman Mr. Danny Luswili and Chief Executive Officer Mr Sydney Mupeta at the IDC Awards Gala held in Livingstone over the weekend by the Minister of Finance Hon. Bwalya Ng’andu.
In announcing the awards, IDC Chief Executive Officer Mr. Mateyo Kaluba attributed the win to Zamtel’s determination and success in rebuilding its business and its focus in driving innovation.
The award for the “Most Innovative Enterprise” was given to Zamtel for its Velocity home internet product which has transformed the internet experience in Zambia.
Commenting on the awards, Mr Mupeta thanked Zamtel staff for their contribution in the transformation that is taking place across the business.
“We are proud of this recognition which speaks to the transformational journey we have been on to improve our business. Over the last few years we have been developing a number of digital solutions and we will continue to innovate and deliver the best products to meet our customer’s ever evolving needs,” Mr Mupeta said.
“The Zamtel team and I are humbled to win these awards. In a year that has been challenging for everyone, this recognition fuels our mission to improve the business by offering world class products. At the heart of our strategy is technology and innovation that will transform our customer’s quality of experience. We believe that every Zambian deserves the benefits of a digitally connected life.” He further stated.
“I further wish to thank our customers for their continued support and encourage potential customers to join the Zamtel family to start enjoying our services. Our pursuit of technology leadership and superior customer experience is driven by our staff who work tirelessly to ensure that we put our customers first in everything we do and these awards belong to them.” Mr Mupeta said.
This is according to a statement issued by Zamtel Corporate Communications Manager Changwe Kabwe.
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