Seize FQM education opportunities, urges Chief Musele

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Senior Chief Musele of the Lunda-speaking people of Kalumbila District has called on his subjects to take advantage of First Quantum Minerals’ education programmes in his chiefdom by ensuring that they send their children to school.

The traditional leader was speaking as FQM’s Trident Foundation handed over a 1 x 3 classroom block at Kalumbila North School, built at a cost of K357,740.
His support was part of the new era of co-operation between FQM and the people living in the areas around its Sentinel Mine.

The classroom block, which was built in collaboration with the community’s Parent Teachers Association (PTA), comes barely two weeks after a brand new community school was handed over to Mukila Wantambu community in the Musele Chiefdom of Kalumbila district.

The community provided 25 percent of the work undertaken on the new classrooms by burning the bricks and providing labour, while FQM provided all the materials for completing the building.

Delivering the speech on behalf of Kalumbila district commissioner, Kalumbila district administration officer Frank Siyatwiinda thanked the company for its continued support to education.

“Other notable contributions include capacity-building for teachers in 24 schools, feeding programmes for vulnerable children, full scholarships for primary to tertiary level, graduate programmes, new infrastructure, upgrades to schools, provision of school desks, chalk boards, learning and sport materials,” said Siyatwiinda.

He added that government appreciated and commended First Quantum for rising to yet another educational need by putting up the 1 x 3 classroom block, school desks, chalk boards in the Northern settlement area.

Speaking at the same event, district education board secretary Mutinta Mubanga commended the community for their initiative to partner with the mine on the school project, which shows their commitment to ensuring that their children get a good education.

“This project could have cost much more, but your contribution as a community has significantly reduced that cost. This is a partnership that should be emulated by other communities that we want see for sustainable development,” she said.

Speaking when he handed over the classroom block on behalf of the mine, FQM’s environmental manager Joseph Ngwira said lack of school infrastructure had been cited as one of barriers to the provision of quality education especially in rural areas.

“First Quantum Minerals believes in contributing to quality education as outlined in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal number four, through training of teachers, provision of materials and scholarships for primary, secondary and tertiary levels, and infrastructure development,” said Ngwira.

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