Community Development and Social Services Minister Doreen Mwamba has reaffirmed Government’s commitment towards partnering with stakeholders to improve the wellbeing of children.
Ms. Mwamba noted that safeguarding the wellbeing and rights of children is not only the responsibility of Government but other stakeholders as well.
The Minister said this in a speech read on her behalf by the Ministry’s Director of Child Development Bridget Moya during the signing ceremony of the Japanese Government grant contract towards the construction of Avala Vocational School for Vulnerable children and children with disabilities with the Congregation of the Immaculate Conception Sisters at the Japanese Embassy in Lusaka.
She said the construction of the vocational school is therefore, timely and strategic, as it will provide the children with life skill through vocational training.
“As you may be aware, skills development contributes significantly to national development. As such, the new dawn government has prioritised investment in human capital including vulnerable children on the development agenda,” Ms Mwamba said.
And Ambassador of Japan to Zambia Mizuuchi Ryuta expressed confidence that the vocational school which will be constructed at a total budget of 96, 000 US dollars in Chongwe district will help improve the wellbeing of children and alleviate poverty.
Mr Ryuta also commended Government for working closely with communities and other stakeholders towards improving the welfare of Zambians.
Meanwhile, Congregation of the Immaculate Conception Sisters Mission Superior, Sister Nirmala Savarumuthu thanked the Japanese Government for its continued support towards the work of the mission and pledged to ensure that the facility serve the targeted children.