he principle objective of publishing the Zambia and UNESCO Informationmagazine
is to ensure the visibility of UNESCO and how Member States are optimizing the value
of the membership to the organisation of the UNESCO five areas of competence. Therefore
this report enlightens the reader about the activities and programmes that UNESCO is
implementing in Zambia through the coordination and advisory processes of the Zambia
National Commission for UNESCO. Such programmes and activities being implemented in
Zambia related to UNESCO’s five areas of competence by various national and international
stakeholders and partners such as the government ministries and specialized agencies.
In the education sector, the report highlights how the Vision 2030 agenda of turning
Zambia into a prosperous middle-income country by 2030. The 7NDP has provided the
impetus and legal framework for realising the Sustainable Development Goal (4). Other
activities highlighted include the Bridge Zambia Project; Teaching 21 Century Skills in
Zambia; and getting to know the Continental Education Strategy for Africa 2016-2025
Under the Science sector, the main activities are the transformation of STEM schools
in Zambia, and is the nomination of the Lower Zambezi Escarpment as Zambia’s first
Biosphere Reserve under the Man and Biosphere (MAB) programme. MAB is an inter-
governmental programme that was initiated by UNESCO in 1970 for the purpose of con-
serving natural resources in a sustainable manner.
In the Culture sector, the report looks at the making of Nsingo Community Museum
in Chipata; how the art and storytelling by a Zambian young artists, Isaac Kalambata,
brought to life the myths and legends of unseen creatures of Zambia; a family adventure
in Zambian narratives to launch the celebration of the International Year of Indigenous
Languages (IYIL); a Lusaka National Museum my culture – my identity programme for
children; the Voice Inside project in celebratingWorld Poetry Day; places associated with
slave trade in Zambia; and the last gunshots of the First World War: WWI Centenary
Commemoration in Zambia.
Under the Communication and Information sector, it looks at the question of diversity,
gender equality and peace and development through radio and sports coverage. It also
deals with keeping power in check: media, justice and the rule of law under the banner
of World Press FreedomDay; and enhancing access to opportunities for women and girls
as part of the operationalization of access to information.
I remain hopeful that you shall find this magazine informative. My office endeavours
to foster stakeholder engagement and exploration of partnerships to enhance and promote
both UNESCO values and its visibility.
Z AMB I A AND UN E S C O
ZAMBIA NATIONAL COMMISSION FOR UNESCO
Dr. Charles Ndakala
Zambia National Commission for UNESCO