SECRETARY of State for the department of education in the United Kingdom Nadhim Zahawi says there is need for countries to respond to new and long-term challenges and explore how education can help nations embrace peace, partnership and prosperity.
Zahawi said this at the Education of the World Forum 2022 being held in London.
At the same event held under the theme ‘Education: building forward together, stronger, bolder, better, Zambia’s education minister Douglas Syakalima also met Global Education Evidence Advisory Panel (GEEAP) to discuss the most effective ways of keeping children learning during the post-pandemic period, and recommendations made by the panel.
The theme of the forum was held against the backdrop of worldwide disruption to schooling and unprecedented challenges due to COVID-19.
According to Zambia’s Charge de Affairs in the UK Patricia Chanda, Syakalima used the meeting to share Zambia’s policy actions as guided by President Hakainde Hichilema in keeping learners, particularly children, during and post the pandemic in schools.
He also informed the meeting that as part of government policy in ensuring quality education to the learners, Zambia has embarked on a 30,000-teacher recruitment exercise.
Syakalima, who is accompanied by permanent secretary in charge of technical services Joe Kamoko, director from the directorate of national science centre, Dr Benson Banda and British Council country director to Zambia David Pardoe, was scheduled to meet World Bank representatives, Promoting Equality in African Schools, and International Growth Centre.