Minister Commends Jubilee Centre

On December 20th Jubilee Centre organized a meeting of 16 that brought together community school representatives from Kalulushi, area councilors, church leaders, social welfare representatives, and area MP and Minister of Labor Honorable Minister Mbulo to discuss issues pertaining to Community Schools in Zambia. This meeting brought to light the lack of coverage about the commendable work Jubilee Centre is empowering community schools.

Deputy minister of labour, Rayford Mbulo (MP)

Deputy minister of labour, Rayford Mbulo (MP)

Over the past few weeks, Jubilee Centre has held similar meetings with representatives from Community Schools, churches, Councilors, area MP’s and District Education Services in George (Lusaka), Chifubu, and Mapalo, in order to address gaps in improving the quality of education services in Community Schools.  At the beginning of this year Jubilee Centre with its cooperating partner Willow Creek Church of the USA spent K120, 000 to meet school supplies and uniforms for 1,240 primary school students in Community Schools. In addition it supported 700 secondary school students with K314, 000 in school fees and built six houses for OVC at a cost of K156,000.

The Minister conveyed his gratitude to Jubilee Centre for their efforts to improve the standards of the community schools.  “I am humbled and greatly comforted by your initiatives. It is a great pleasure to see us joining hands together to work and improve education for our children,” He added that he was aware of Jubilee Centre’s presence in his constituency. Pastor Chris Chanda, the Jubilee Centre Coordinator for Care and Compassion responded, “As Christian organization it is not our nature to publicize what we do. However, we take note of your concerns and we will work hard to improve our communication with your office.

The Minister Mbulo encouraged Jubilee Centre to be more forthcoming with the press and the government about their community involvement. “Tears will drop from your eyes if you come to visit our community schools,” expressed Chisha Mazimba, of Chati Community School. The Minister abruptly responded, “I would like to spare your breath and personally visit your schools, next week.” He went on to explain that he would like to physically observe these issues in order to effectively implement relevant change.

Jubilee Centre in partnership with Zambian Governance Foundation is engaging Community Schools to adhere to government policies on quality education service delivery and OVC development. In addition it is lobbying the government to provide trained teachers to community schools in order to improve the quality of education being offered. In his concluding remarks the Minister reiterated the need of engaging with his office to address issues in his constituency.