Facility will be used by students in the library
There is a new ‘seat of learning’ at the Zambia Institute of Advanced Legal Education (ZIALE), and it is thanks to Stanbic Bank.
The ten-seat study area which was handed over by the bank last week will be used at ZIALE by students in the library, and is described by the bank as a way of paying back to the community. It is envisaged that the seating cubicle will go a long way to helping the students in their study.
Stanbic Bank Zambia head legal and company secretary Doris Tembwe said one of the bank’s key priorities is to build stronger relationships with its clients and stakeholders.
“To do this, we are adapting to the changing needs of stakeholders. This is something we have been doing successfully in Zambia for close to 60 years. We remain committed to our customers and clients, to our people and to the communities where we work,” said Mrs Tembwe.
“As a bank, we approached ZIALE for a partnership where our main target is law students who wish to be accepted to the Bar to be able to practise law in the Courts of Zambia. Having passed through this programme personally, I am cognisant of the rigorous nature of the legal practitioners’ qualification exam. It is for this reason that we financed the cubicles that we are here to hand over today.”
About 320 students, including some entrants from South and Central African Region, are currently enrolled at ZIALE. This is the highest intake ever registered.
Mrs Tembwe thanked ZIALE management for giving the bank two days a week to hold financial literacy sessions.
“Financial education is every person’s right, and the skills to earn, save and budget money should be taught to everyone,” she said. “ZIALE have agreed for us to hold two banking days (Tuesdays and Fridays) for the next five weeks to enable us to showcase the various products and services the bank has to offer, even as we carry out financial education for the students.”
She said Stanbic Bank Zambia is constantly seeking opportunities to improve the lives of the Zambian people. “As a bank, we say Zambia is our home and we drive her growth. Our being here with you today is testament to that fact: we are driving Zambia’s growth by supporting the legal fraternity.”
Attorney General Likando Kalaluka, who received the cubicle, expressed his appreciation that Stanbic Bank had responded to ZIALE’s call and fulfilled its corporate social responsibility. He said that with the increase in the number of students at the institution, there was a need to improve the infrastructure.
Mr Kalaluka, who is also the chairperson of ZIALE council, said the cubicle will help in ensuring that the students achieve better results as they will be studying in a more suitable setting: “A comfortable study environment contributes to better and enhanced performance and better results.”