First Lady Esther Lungu speaks during the 4th Annual Global First Ladies and Business Leaders Summit in New York on Monday, September 19,2016 -Pictures by THOMAS NSAMA
First Lady Esther Lungu speaks during the 4th Annual Global First Ladies and Business Leaders Summit in New York on Monday, September 19,2016 -Pictures by THOMAS NSAMA

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.

First Lady Esther Lungu with South African First Lady Dr Bongi Ngema Zuma ad Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma during the 4th Annual Global First Ladies and Business Leaders Summit in New York on Monday, September 19,2016 -Pictures by THOMAS NSAMA
First Lady Esther Lungu with South African First Lady Dr Bongi Ngema Zuma ad Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma during the 4th Annual Global First Ladies and Business Leaders Summit in New York on Monday, September 19,2016 -Pictures by THOMAS NSAMA
First Lady Esther Lungu with South African First Lady Dr Bongi Ngema Zuma ad Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma during the 4th Annual Global First Ladies and Business Leaders Summit in New York on Monday, September 19,2016 -Pictures by THOMAS NSAMA
First Lady Esther Lungu with South African First Lady Dr Bongi Ngema Zuma ad Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma during the 4th Annual Global First Ladies and Business Leaders Summit in New York on Monday, September 19,2016 -Pictures by THOMAS NSAMA
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    • awe kwena…the so called first lady is ugly. by the way, what language was she speaking? the other’s look surprised

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    • I agree that bakachema children in rural areas need to be educated in maths and physics so that they can handle their cattle and farming wealth. Bakaponya do not need an education to steal in govt offices and dance Dununa Reverse.

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    • Unfortunately her husband (ECL) seems clueless about the importance of education in developing a country. And this became evident when he shut down the University of Zambia “indefinitely,” a few months ago, instead of just dealing with the bad elements and let others continue with the learning. Paul Kagame’s government in Rwanda has invested heavily in education, with the intention of making the country a highly competent nation in STEM graduates. Their primary school children have laptop computers to help them with their learning. Now that’s being serious with education. As long as we continue to have leaders who pay nothing more than lip service to the importance of education, Zambia will continue to lag behind in development. But then again, leaders with dictatorial tendencies…

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    • (Continued)… hate promoting education. It works against their interests. They like their citizenry dumb, for it’s easier to control them that way.

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    • (Continued) Frustrating of teachers across the country is another sign that the government leaders don’t care about education. Teachers are constantly threatened with forced transfers to “bad” remote parts of the country if they don’t show their loyalty to PF. A few weeks ago, some PF member threatened the civil servants (who include teachers), telling them the PF government will not make them a priority whatsoever, because they didn’t vote for PF. So how do you expect teachers to be motivated to teach with enthusiasm when they’re being treated like this? No way.

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  1. This is another one who reads things she does understand…you talk of girl child assistance but it looks like the donors are doing more than you in this field…simply eat and drink.

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  2. Am I getting it right that there were TWO of Zuma’s wives there! Talk about changing traditional attitudes when two women married to the same man start preaching about changing Tradition! You can’t change tradition, but you can drop the negative things by Legislating against multiple partners in African marriages. It really marrs the African family, children all over the place…….ANYway on a more positive note, it looks like a good time was had by all.

    So….like……does President Zuma and his wives have ‘Gang Bangs’ on randy nights?! I mean how on earth can that type of marriage work!!!

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    • On second thought….maybe the two Zuma women in the last picture is his daughter. So much better thought! Dirty mind…..!

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  3. madam first lady, you should also look in empowering the girls and women, who can not afford to go to school with something so that they are able to feed the families and support themselves, not only studying math’s and science, not every girl or lady’s can handle this two subjects, what about those who can’t manage to study this subject were are you putting them. that why you should explore other area and empower your fellow lady’s, other wise we support you idea.

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  4. Madam, when in bed, turn to the side and tell the person next to you, useless, telling the world when the agent of change is next to you.

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  5. MATTHEW 12:36,37 SAYS ” BUT I SAY TO YOU THAT FOR EVERY IDLE WORD MEN MAY SPEAK, THEY WILL GIVE AN ACCOUNT OF IT IN THE DAY OF JUDGEMENT.FOR BY YOUR WORDS YOU WILL JUSTIFIED, AND BY YOUR WORDS YOU WILL BE CONDEMNED.”
    GALATIANS 6: 7 SAYS ” DO NOT BE DECEIVED , GOD IS NOT MOCKED ; WHATEVER A MAN SOWS THAT HE WILL ALSO REAP.”
    DO NOT BE PART OF THE EVIL GOING IN THIS WORLD. FOR JESUS IS COMING SOON.

    FEAR GOD IN ALL THINGS AND LIVE A RIGHTEOUS LIFE TO THE GLORY OF GOD.
    NO MAN IS ABOVE GOD TO BE WORSHIPED.
    ECL, HH, NAWAKI, WINTER, SINKAMBA,RB,NEVER, MILES,ECT ARE MERE HUMAN BEINGS… ALL THEIR GOOD ACTION ARE BUT FILTHY RAGS IN THE EYES OF GOD. GOD’S GRACE IS BETTER.
    IN THIS PROBATIONAL PERIOD GIVEN TO MAN , NEVER SHOULD ANY PERSON WORSHIP OR PRAISE ANOTHER PERSON. WE ARE ALL FALLIBLE…

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  6. Every woman is beautiful, for some of us we value the inner beauty and not the outer one which degrades every second

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  7. This will mean removing the merit, credits etc which prohibits people advancing to tertiary education. Allow a full certificate as the minimum. The results we don’t allow here in Zambia, China and Australia is accepting and our children are advancing? Not every can afford to go abroad. Why should not we do the same?

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