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U.S. Secretary of Education Visits Zambia (October 20, 2008)

October 20, 2008. Lusaka.

U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings recently paid a visit to Zambia, where she took a close look at a variety of education programs which are supported by the U.S. Government.  Secretary Spellings visited schools and met with students, educators and GRZ representatives in both Lusaka and Livingstone.  She was clearly impressed by what she saw, saying she “was struck by how much we have in common.”

In Lusaka, the Secretary met with Zambian Education Minister Geoffrey Lungwangwa, before visiting the Bwafano OVC Home Based Care Center.  At Bwafano, she was able to tour the entire center, meeting with care givers, students and medical professionals.  She also was honored to be invited inside a care-giver’s home.  Bwafano is supported by the U.S. Government, through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). Later in the day, Secretary Spellings visited Silver Rest Basic School, in Chongwe, where she toured the District Resource Center and met with female scholarship recipients who are beneficiaries of USAID Education aid.  The Secretary took this opportunity to interact with students, and participate in the U.S. Mission’s popular Dr. Seuss program.  Secretary Spellings read I Can Read With My Eyes Shut to the students, and later donated 30 Dr. Seuss books to the students.

In Livingstone, the Secretary visited Maanu Bwami Community School for a crash course in the popular U.S.-funded Interactive Radio Instruction (IRI) and OVC Life Skills Listening Group programs.  Later, the Secretary addressed hundreds of teacher trainees at David Livingstone College of Education, where underscored the importance of education in every society in the world.