Government has described the Village Television Project as successful and yielding intended results.
Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Services Chanda Kasolo says the project is helping people in the rural areas to be part of everyday social and economic development of the country.
Mr. Kasolo said people in different communities are able to watch news, soccer and other developmental programs thereby reducing the levels of poverty and illiteracy.
He told Journalists in Mumbwa district after the tour of the village Television Project at Mwembeshi Primary school and Health Center that pupils now have a wider career choice.
Mr Kasolo explained that all the areas he has visited people have described the project as timely and well thought out.
He disclosed that his ministry is currently in discussion with TopStar for another allocation of 500 kits that will be installed in different communities.
“This project is fantastic indeed where it is running without ZESCO polls nearby. Pupils now have a career choice because you cannot become what you have never seen. Even here at Mwembeshi rural health center patients are able to watch news as they waiting to be attended to and we are in talks with TopStar for a possible allocation of 500 kits,” he stressed.
Meanwhile, Mwembeshi Primary School Deputy Headteacher Kelvin Lungu said the project has made ICT lessons meaningful and easier to teach.
Mr Lungu said learners are happy with the project which is keeping them abreast with other pupils in the urban areas.
He has hailed government for the initiative and consideration of his School among the 9 thousand schools in the Country.
And TopStar Vice President Cliff Sichone said his firm installed all the 500 TV kits by the fourth quarter of 2018.
Mr Sichone pointed out that TopStar is happy with the feedback from the community as it resonates well with government transformation agenda which his institution is proud to be part of.
500 selected villages, Schools and other community centres across the country received the Village Satellite Television sets under the village Television Project.