President Hakainde Hichilema emphasized the importance of education during the meeting, stating that “education is the best equalizer and a key element in human development.” He also highlighted his government’s commitment to providing free education and understanding that human capital development is crucial to graduating Zambia from LDC status.
“We explored ways to partner with QFFD, so that Zambian students that qualify, can receive scholarships to study in Qatar, through initiatives like Education Above All Foundation (EAA),” said President Hichilema. He sees the partnership as an opportunity to provide Zambian students with access to quality education, enabling them to contribute to the development of the country.
Meanwhile, Minister of Information and Media, Hon. Chushi Kasanda, warned the public about the prevalence of scholarship fraudsters. She stated, “purported scholarships are fake,” and urged citizens to be cautious when seeking out scholarship programs.
To verify the authenticity of scholarship opportunities, the Minister advised the public to contact the Higher Education Loans and Scholarships Board (HELSB), adding that information on scholarship programs is also publicized in print media and on official social media platforms.
The Zambian government’s efforts to secure scholarships for its citizens are a step towards improving access to education and promoting human development. However, the public’s vigilance against scholarship fraudsters is also necessary to ensure that individuals are not taken advantage of during their pursuit of education.