UNDP pledges continued partnerships to support skill development in Zambia


The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has pledged to continue collaborating with other partners in programmes focusing on developing skills abilities in Zambia.

UNDP Resident Representative, James Wakiaga, pledged the organisation’s commitment to nurture talents of young people in order for them to effectively and productively engage in an ever-evolving economic environment.

Wakiaga was speaking at the handing over of 60 computers to Chiyota Youth Resource Center in Rufunsa district on Tuesday.

According to a statement issued in Lusaka on Wednesday, the donation of the computers was done through a government/United Nations joint programme on youths.

“With the increasing need for digital skills in all aspects of economic activity, the emphasis on integrating information and communication technologies (ICTs) training in education and training curricula remains critical,” Wakiaga said.

He said to address these challenges faced by the youths, critical steps had been taken by the Ministry of Youth, Sport, and Arts with the support of the UN system in Zambia.

These included the recent updating of the National Youth Policy, the ongoing formulation of a National Youth Development Strategy, and the roll out of a catalogue of targeted youth empowerment programmes.

At the same function, Youth, Sport and Arts Minister, Elvis Nkandu, encouarged youths in Chiyota to take advantage of the ICT hub that had been put up by UNPD at the resource center.

Nkandu said government was ready to empower all the unemployed youths by giving them various skills that would enable them do things on their own rather than waiting to be employed.

“With increased need for ICT in all aspects of the economy it was very important to utilize the ICT hub that UNDP has provided,” he said.

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