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T

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

(CESA 16-25).

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

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ZAMBIA NATIONAL COMMISSION FOR UNESCO

Dr. Charles Ndakala

Secretary General,

Zambia National Commission for UNESCO