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Hichilema urges Africa to build resilient education systems, as continent celebrates Freedom Day


President Hakainde Hichilema has called on African nations to develop resilient education systems capable of withstanding economic fluctuations, technological advancements, and societal changes.

Commemorating African Freedom Day in Lusaka on Friday, Hichilema stated the need for educational reform to meet the demands of the 21st century.

The theme of the event, “Educate and Skill Africa for the 21st Century: Building Resilient Education Systems for Increased Access to Inclusive, Lifelong Quality and Relevant Learning in Africa,” was deemed timely and appropriate by the President.

“This theme aligns closely with our vision here in Zambia to provide not only free education but also education that equips learners with the necessary skills,” Hichilema stated, emphasizing the importance of preparing students to become future entrepreneurs and their own employers.

He also highlighted the significance of Africa Freedom Day as a moment to honor the sacrifices of the continent’s founders, who fought to free their nations from colonial rule.

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“The freedom they fought for is incomplete without addressing the poverty that hinders our country’s economic growth,” Hichilema said, reaffirming government’s commitment to economic development and improving the livelihoods of its people.

In commemoration of Africa Freedom Day, President Hichilema exercised his prerogative of mercy by pardoning 1,005 inmates.

The pardoned inmates include 939 ordinary inmates, 39 elderly inmates, eight female inmates with circumstantial children, four foreign nationals, and 15 inmates whose sentences have been commuted.

Acting Minister of Home Affairs and Internal Security, Ambrose Lufuma, announced the pardon on the eve of African Freedom Day, noting that 943 of the pardoned inmates are male and 62 are female, from various prisons and correctional centers across the country.

“Out of the 15 inmates whose sentences have been commuted, two are lifers and 13 are long-term inmates,” Lufuma stated.

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