UNZA Vice Chancellor, Prof. Luke E. Mumba, being assisted to cut a ribbon by Head of Cooperation of the Federal Republic of Germany Embassy in Lusaka, Dr Frank Hofmann, during the handover ceremony of a minibus to School of Education on Wednesday, 8th February 2017.

The University of Zambia (UNZA) Vice Chancellor, Prof. Luke E. Mumba, says the institution of higher learning is committed to the provision of world class higher education services to all kind of students including those with special needs.

Prof. Mumba said this during the handover ceremony of a 15-seater minibus by CBM-Germany worth € 27,454.52 (K356,908.76) to UNZA’s Department of Educational Psychology, Sociology and Special Education on Wednesday, 8th February 2017 at the Great East Road Campus, Education Building.

 

He said that the minibus would be used in the administration of the Special Education outreach programmes to communities and promotion of networking with other institutions involved in delivering special education services.

In view of the impending opening of the Special Needs Education Resources Centre, which is funded by CBM-Germany and others at a cost of €876,830 (K11 million), the minibus would be used to transport young learners with special education needs as the centre would be catering for learners from two years old to sixteen.

Speaking at the same function, Head of Cooperation of the Federal Republic of Germany Embassy in Lusaka, Dr Frank Hofmann, said his Government was committed to the fight against discrimination and barriers that restrict persons with disabilities to have easy and fair access to general school system, employment, voting, sports and culture, social protection, justice, medical treatment etc.

Dr Hofmann said that it was against this background that three German donors, namely CBM-Germany, RTL Television and Hilfswerk der Deutschen Lions, decided to partner with UNZA by co-financing the construction of the Special Needs Resources Centre and donate the minibus.

He said that the specific objective of the project was to expand and improve the practical training facilities for Special Needs Education students and support for children and students with disabilities.

LEFT: Vice Chancellor, Prof. Luke E. Mumba (left), Head of Cooperation, Germany Embassy in Lusaka, Dr Frank Hofmann (2nd from right), CBM Country Representative, Mr Sergio Mainetti (right) and Dean, School of Education, Dr Oswell Chakulimba (2nd from left) inspects the construction works of the Special Needs Education Resource Centre. RIGHT: They pose for a group photo with some School of Education staff.