STAKEHOLDERS MEETING AUGUST 2012
The project was launched in Zambia at a Stakeholders Meeting on 17th August 2012 organised by Evelyn Hone College and TEVETA. Welcoming the project the Minister for Education, Science, Vocational Training and Early Education, Mr John Phiri, welcomed the project said :
“The government commends this initiative and will give the necessary support that you required to implement this digital media programme in Zambia. The government attaches great important to technical, vocational and entrepreneurial training because this is part of the solution to the huge youth unemployment problem we are facing. This is an opportunity for us to expand on enrolment, to make our colleges dealing in TEVET issues more attractive to the young people.
I don’t have to remind you of the levels of poverty that our country faces. You do it right through this digital media programme and you are opening up opportunities for our young people to escape from the shackles of poverty. We, in government, believe that once the digital media programme is introduced in Zambia it will empower Zambian graduates, mainly young men and women, to shape the emerging digital industry and determine its contribution to the cultural, economic and social development of our people. Secondly graduates of the proposed DM programme will have the skills and qualification to find employment and to create small start-up businesses in multimedia web and design industries.
On behalf of Zambian government I would like to express our sincere gratitude to the Irish government and through them to the Irish people for their willingness to share their knowledge and financial resources that have made the partnership possible.
What you do with this programme will send acres of thanks to the Irish people. There is no room to mess around the taxpayers’ money from Ireland. As you know my government is anchored on accountability. Do us proud as a nation by executing this programme to the best ability you can.”
The Stakeholders Meeting is the first step in the development of a new programme in technical and vocational education in Zambia. The meeting was attended by people from both education and industry. The meeting welcomed the idea of the new digital media programme. Following this meeting a timetable for writing the new programme was agreed between TEVETA, BCFE and EHC.