• Smart Zambia Institute is training over 3, 200 teachers in Digital Literacy.
• Laptops, powered by the latest Intel Core processors, are being made available to teachers through civil service loan agreements.
• Government is deepening its greatest investment and next year the annual budget for Education sits at almost US$1.5 billion.
Minister of Technology and Science says Zambia experienced a 45% increase in international investments during the first six months of 2022.
Felix Mutati stated that to further support the requirements of the world’s leading investors, the country is now utilising the best digital infrastructure with Microsoft’s Azure Stack platform launched in Lusaka earlier this year.
Mr. Mutati also revealed that Smart Zambia Institute is training over 3, 200 teachers in Digital Literacy and laptops, powered by the latest Intel Core processors, are being made available to teachers through civil service loan agreements, as part of an ongoing collaboration between his Ministry and the Ministry of Education.
“Government now plans to provide high speed internet to rural schools through satellite services, like Elon Musk’s Starlink. The Government of Zambia is deepening its greatest investment and next year the annual budget for Education sits at almost US$1.5 billion.”
“Against this backdrop, Zambia’s own investments in Education and Digital Literacy can be seen as the foundations of a much broader strategy to create a young workforce, capable of seizing the opportunities of tomorrow, wherever they may come from,” Mr. Mutati said.
Meanwhile, Mr. Mutati disclosed that Zambia will host this year’s Innovation Africa summit, which will showcase projects from all across Zambia, as 20 young people are given the opportunity to demonstrate their innovations to the world.
“As Zambia plays host to this year’s Innovation Africa summit, we welcome our international guests from a position of proud progress and committed collaboration to find solutions together.
“While there is no doubt that our nation is finally heading in the right direction, only by joining hands and brains can we bring our countries and our region to the forefront of the world of technology and innovation. Perhaps more astonishingly, the country is also on course to launch its own satellite in 2023 from the Mwembeshi Satellite Earth Station, situated just 90 minutes’ drive from Lusaka’s Ciela Resort, which hosts this year’s innovation Africa Summit,” he stated.