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Early childhood education programme

The importance of early childhood education cannot be over-emphasised as it is the foundation to better learning achievement at primary school and other higher levels of education and training.  ECE is an investment that reduces education wastage for a country. Therefore, the Ministry is committed to providing the support that our youngest children need to prepare to succeed in school and in their later years.

Keeping girls in school (KGS) project

In collaboration with the World Bank, the Ministry launched the keeping girls in school (KGS) initiative in quarter under review. This is part of the girls education and women’s empowerment and livelihood (GEWEL) project that is implemented jointly with Ministry of community development and Ministry of gender. The KGS initiative aims at providing bursary support to 14,000 secondary school girls from vulnerable households in 16 selected districts with effective first quarter of 2017. The overall goal is to increase access and participation of girls in secondary education.

Youth and adult literacy programme

One of the responsibilities of the Ministry is to provide alternative forms of education to out-of-school youths as well as basic functional literacy to the adults for their effective participation in community and national development. The Ministry does this through the directorate of open and distance education (DODE). During the 4th quarter of 2016, the number of learning institutions under DODE were as follows;

  • 12591 Adult Literacy Centres with 41,614 learners
  • 1074 open and Distance Classes with 91,680 learners
  • 37 Correctional Service Centres with 1,913 learners
  • 41 Zambia College for Open and Distance Education centres with 1,484 learners
  • 11 Public colleges with 5,650 students.