am honoured to present to you all our Zambia National Commission
for UNESCOmagazine for 2018. In the year 2018, both in its national and
regional representative capacity, Zambia continued to sit on different
committees and boards of UNESCO such as the Education 2030 Steering Committee monitoring and
evaluating interventions for SDG 4, the UNESCO Executive Board and the intergovernmental bodies
that promotes international scientific cooperation in water research, water resource management,
education and capacity-building, which is the International Hydrological Programme.
The formulation of the Education and Skills Sector Plan (ESSP) was completed. The ESSP is expected
to guide education provision from 2019 to 2021. The greater motivation and driving thrust for this
Education and Skills Sector Plan is firmly rooted in the national aspirations as articulated in the Vision
2030 and the Seventh National Development Plan (7NDP), and the Sustainable Development Goals
(SDGs). Further, the ESSP is critical in that instead of creating a standalone implementation plan for
the Sustainable Development Goals, SDG 4 in particular and its ten targets, it encompasses the core
aspects of SDG 4 in its plan. This has also helped Zambia to localize the SDGs given that SDG 4 is an
enabler of all the SDGs. Realizing this great responsibility on the education sector, my government
effected an appreciable increase in real terms to the Education Sector allocation. This is because Republic
of Zambia recognizes that while there is greater need to devise innovative funding mechanisms for
education, it is still a Government priority area of investment.
My government remained committed to embracing ICTs. Accordingly, with the UNESCO-China
Funds in Trust (CFIT) Project, two Teacher Training Institutions were transformed into ICT Centres of
Excellence in Teacher Education. This shall contribute to building of capacity among the teacher edu-
cators and teachers in the use of ICT in teaching and learning. In a related area, the Bridge Project that
was being implemented by my Ministry in collaboration with the Korea National Commission for
UNESCO to capacity build teachers in public schools with adult literacymethodologies andmanagement
as well as the use of ICT was concluded. My Government looks forward to the inclusion of Zambia in
the third phase of CFIT and the possible extension of the Bridge Project.
My government attaches a lot of importance to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
(STEM) subjects. As such, the revised curriculum, Technology is taught from Early Childhood up to
Tertiary level as a way of embracing this noble cause. To increase the catchment area for STEM especially
for the girl child, my government has opened Technical Secondary Schools specifically for girls. We are also
in the process of opening STEM schools. To further support the Science in schools agenda, my government
has transformed the National Science Centre (NSC) into a fully-fledged Directorate to spearhead the
STEM initiatives in schools. The NSC is making mobile science laboratories, repairing equipment, and
building capacity of STEM subject teachers to enhance their pedagogical skills and subject content.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the Cooperating Partners and stakeholders that are
working withmy ministry to ensure we provide quality education and lifelong learning for all. I would
like to pay special tribute to UNESCO for its support through the Participation Programmes and extra-
budgetary support to projects like the Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) and the China-Fund in
Trust (CFIT). Myministry will remain committed to ensuring that it provides the much needed ‘inclusive
and equitable quality education as well as lifelong learning opportunities for all’. Therefore, my government
remains willing to work with all well-meaning stakeholders and partners to further this agenda.
Z AMB I A AND UN E S C O
ZAMBIA NATIONAL COMMISSION FOR UNESCO
Hon. Mr David Mabumba, M.P.
Minister for General Education,
Chairperson of the Zambia National Commission for UNESCO