First Lady lauds Thandiwe Banda
FIRST Lady Christine Kaseba has paid tribute to her predecessor Thandiwe Banda, being first among First Ladies of Zambia to anchor ‘The First Lady for a Day Mentorship’ programme with young people.
‘The First Lady for a Day of Mentorship’ event is meant to provide an opportunity for the First Lady to mingle with young people drawn from the country’s provinces and share their experiences as well as offer guidance towards their career choices in life.
Dr Kaseba said this at State House grounds in Lusaka yesterday when she hosted girls and boys aged between 14 and 18 during a luncheon.
She relayed a message of hope through the group to other young people in the country to remain focused.She was happy to have spent time with young people hence her tribute to former First Lady, Mrs Banda for having tailored the programme.
“I am honoured to warmly welcome you to State House on another historic moment when we certify girls and boys from 10 provinces of Zambia who have participated in the 2012 ‘First Lady for a Day Mentorship programme.’
“I would like to pay special tribute to the former First Lady Mrs Banda, for being first among the First Ladies of Zambia to anchor such a wonderful programme which has benefited young people in the rural areas of this great country,” Dr Kaseba said.
She thanked Junior Achievement Zambia, Stanbic Bank Zambia and the Forum for African Women Educationalists of Zambia (FAWEZA) for supporting the programme.
In motivating the group, she called on them to have positive attitudes backed by a purpose and that the only way to achieve their purpose was by taking small actions which would add up to something great in future.
Ministry of Education, Science and Vocational Training and Early Childhood, Permanent Secretary, Miriam Chinyama hailed Dr Kaseba for playing an inspirational role in inspiring the young.
Ms Chinyama said the programme was critical towards providing quality entrepreneurship skills among young people especially those in rural areas.
Stanbic Bank managing director Dennis Kennedy donated K100 million to the group and pledged continued assistance through the bank’s corporate social responsibility programme.
Mr Kennedy said education was a right for every child and it was the only way to raise them into responsible citizens that could actively participate in national development.
Junior Achievement Zambia board chairperson David Chakonta thanked Dr Kaseba for accepting to continue anchoring the programme and to personally mentor the young people.
[Times of Zambia]