First lady hails pupils’mentorship programme

ONE of the most difficult choices one has to make in their school life is that of deciding on a good career pathway, says first lady Esther Lungu.
Speaking at a luncheon for the First Lady For A Day mentorship programme at State House on Tuesday, Esther thanked Junior Achievement Zambia and FAWEZA for making the event possible, and Stanbic Bank for its continued financial support toward the programme.

“We must all know that every member of [Stanbic] staff that impacts these young people makes a career progression in one way or another,” Esther said.


…we also know that most CSR [Corporate Social Responsibility] activities demand immediate benefits but Stanbic Bank stands out in that most of the young people will use their newly acquired skills in the next few years and that is why we commend them for this huge investment in the young people of the Republic of Zambia.

The mentorship programme has been held every year since it was initiated by former first lady Thandiwe Banda in 2010 and mainly targets young people from rural areas across Zambia.

During the luncheon, Stanbic Bank presented a cheque for K200,000 toward the initiative.

Esther said she was delighted that among the 60 young people that had been involved in the programme this year, several were differently-abled.

In doing so, we will be promoting inclusiveness so that every child can be motivated to succeed in life…to those who are challenged with different abilities, rise above those challenges and prove to the world that you are just as able as anybody else and you can be counted among those who can excel in various fields of study,

Esther said.

She urged the pupils to work hard and make their experience a steppingstone for their future career progressions.

“I know that you have been exposed to international quality programming that has motivated you to achieve your dreams. You should know that we are always available to support you in any way we can for you to succeed in your endeavours,” Esther said.

The first lady further urged the female pupils to focus on their education, avoid teen pregnancy and early marriages and prioritise their career progression.
The 60 pupils – 40 girls and 20 boys – were each later presented with a certificate, school bag and school shoes during the luncheon, which President Edgar Lungu also attended.
Earlier, President Lungu urged the pupils to believe in God and to believe in themselves.

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