THE University of Zambia (UNZA) has expressed gratitude to First Quantum Mines (FQM) for its continued investment in education. This was after FQM donated 350 textbooks worth ZMK 165,000 to UNZA’s school of mines and pledged to refurbish one of the school's reading rooms. Speaking during the hand over ceremony, UNZA Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Stephen Simukanga said the donation showed that FQM recognized the need to have well-trained and skilled graduates for improved productivity.
FORMER University of Zambia Students Union (UNZASU) president has instructed students in unions at universities and colleges all over the country to use their positions to speak for the voiceless. In an interview with Lusaka Star, 2008 UNZASU president Antonio Mwanza urged the current UNZA students union as well as unions at different learning institutions in the country to speak out on issues of national development.
SOME Non-Governmental Organisations have called on government to come up with land policies that will promote access, control and ownership of land by women. Zambia Land Alliance (ZLA) director, Henry Machina said although most land related policies were gender neutral, they tend to neglect the interest of the disadvantaged in society especially women. He said there was need to strengthen the capacity of traditional court systems in order to promote equality concerning land rights in Zambia.
UN Resident Coordinator Kanni Wignaraja says a well-functioning civil court system is a core pillar of ensuring national development. Ms Wignaraja, who is also United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) representative stated that a well functioning civil court system would protect and promote social justice for all, irrespective of their differences.
A University Of Zambia Literature and Languages lecturer has urged students to learn foreign languages. In an interview with the Lusaka Star, Mr. Lombe Musonda said studying foreign languages linked people to the world and to foreign opportunities. He noted that knowledge of foreign languages made international trade easier because people could easily communicate. “Language is a vehicle of culture and therefore, studying foreign languages helps one to experience a new culture” he said.
TOASTMASTERS Zambia in conjunction with the University of Zambia Student Union (UNZASU) will hold its first ever speech competition at the institution to help students build their leadership skills. Speaking in an interview with the Lusaka Star, competition coordinator Member Mwachilenga said the competition was expected to provide a platform for students to participate in a debate that would bring out their leadership skills.
THE University of Zambia (UNZA) management has attributed the accumulation of garbage and litter at UNZA’s Goma fields to overpopulation of students. UNZA Public Relations Officer Stanslous Chewe told the Lusaka Star in an interview that mishandling of garbage by garbage collectors and scavengers at the Goma Fields was a health hazard that posed a huge challenge on UNZA Management.
THE United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will foot 85 Percent of the USD 6 milion new National Registration Card project budget. In an interview with the Lusaka Star National Registration, Passport and Citizenship registrar general Mathews Nyirongo said 85 percent will be financed by UNDP while 15 percent will be funded by the Zambian government.