First Lady Esther Lungu has called for strengthening of the education system in order to encourage the girl child especially in rural areas to take up science and mathematics subjects as this will spur investment and development in the country.
And Mrs Lungu has implored women intending to go into entrepreneurship to be focused and research on their proposed business plans if they are to be successful.
The first lady said this during a round table discussion on Bunengi African Science, Technology, Entrepreneurship and Mathematics (STEM) first ladies and global business summit on the side-lines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York yesterday.
The summit is being held under the theme “entrepreneurship”.
Mrs Lungu commended Bunengi Foundation for the initiative it has taken of involving girls and women to take up STEM which she said will contribute to economic and social development of the country.
And patron of the Bunengi Africa STEM foundation Bongi Ngema Zuma who is also South African first lady called for more representation of women teachers training in STEM subjects.
At the same Occasion, Chairperson of the African Union Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma congratulated President Edgar Lungu on his re-election as sixth President of Zambia in last month’s polls.
Meanwhile, Dr. Zuma has called for a shift in traditional values in African set ups that stereotype the girl child to play roles that discourage Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
And Bunengi Foundation Chief Executive Officer Savannah Maziya recognised ZANIS Staffer Barbra Chisenga who was given a round of applause at the high level meeting for working in a male dominated field of camera work.
Ms Maziya called on African governments to fuse new educational systems that will embrace the participation of African women and girls.
She further called for a shift in the mind set of people not to stereotype girls but introduce STEM at a tender age.