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On 8 August 2013, H. E. Mr. Akio Egawa, Ambassador of Japan, participated in the launching ceremony for mobile science laboratory kits at the National Science Centre in Lusaka. This ceremony was attended by a number of senior officials of the Government of the Republic of Zambia, including Hon. Dr. John Phiri, M.P., Minister of Education, Science, Vocational Training and Early Education.


The decision to allocate the mobile science kits was based on a survey carried out in 2012 by the Ministry of Education, Science, Vocational Training and Early Education which indicated that 65% of schools surveyed did not have well-equipped conventional laboratories. However, to create and maintain standard science laboratories in all schools presented difficulties owing to the limited available financial resources of the Government of the Republic of Zambia.


It is against this background that the Ministry of Education made the decision to allocate some proportion of the pool fund which was contributed by Japan and Ireland in 2012. Japan contributed three million US Dollars in to the Fund in 2012, and approximately one million US Dollars was allocated for the provision of the 1,010 mobile science laboratory kits.


Through this assistance, up to 200 secondary schools will receive mobile science laboratory kits, which will provide over 400 thousand pupils with access to the equipment. In addition, 10 sets will be supplied to teacher training colleges in order to provide teachers with effective ways to transfer practical science knowledge.


While the kits are expected to improve the quality of science education in Zambia, it is also hoped that this will further strengthen the cordial friendship existing between Japan and Zambia.


To read the speech by Mr. Egawa at this ceremony, please click here.