THE Zambian Parliament has hailed the Zambia National Students Union (ZANASU) for its significant contribution to the report on the report on “implementation of the Youth Development Fund (YDF)” adopted by the National Assembly on 26th June, 2020.
ZANASU has continued to remain a representative voice of students of higher learning in Zambia in the legislative process and decision-making by the Executive arm of the Zambian Government.
In a letter dated 8th July, 2020 addressed to ZANASU, Clerk of the National Assembly conveyed the gratitude from the Parliamentary Committee’s on Youth, Sport and Child Matters ZANASU’s submission which formed part of the basis for the adopted report.
The current leadership of ZANASU has raised the bar to ensure students of higher learning are recognised as forming a part of Zambia’s youthful population that is strategically positioned to shape the governance of the country.
ZANASU, an umbrella body of students and their Unions in Zambia, has patterned with Norwegian Students’ and Academics’ International Fund (SAIH) – a Norwegian solidarity organization of students and academics – and the Zambia National Education Coalition (ZANEC) to ensure students meaningfully engage in causes that advance academic freedoms and ensure young Zambians have access to quality education enabling them to contribute to a more just society.
In response to Parliament, ZANASU Vice President Steven Kanyakula has assured the National Assembly that “ZANASU shall continue to ensure that Zambian students, at home and abroad, continue to exercise and defend their right to raise their voice in national matters.”
“In pursuit of this task, ZANASU is working towards decentralizing by establishing provincial committees of students whom your Committees can interact with in your national duty to legislate,” read part of the letter.
The soft copy of the adopted Report can be accessed on www.parliament.gov.zm