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Last updated: April 19, 2021

Chargé d’Affaires a.i. David Young delivers remarks at the launch of the Transforming Teacher Education activity.
April 15, 2021

 The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) officially announced its Transforming Teacher Education project today in a hybrid in-person and online virtual event at the University of Zambia (UNZA).  The Learning Systems Institute (LSI) at Florida State University (FSU) will implement the five-year, $15 million project (K300 million), in partnership with School-to-School International and the UNZA School of Education.  The project will include 12 Zambian universities and colleges of education around the country to improve the training of primary grade teachers in early grade literacy.

U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires David Young delivers remarks at the Transforming Teacher Education in Zambia Activity Launch
April 9, 2021

I am delighted to be here today with the Ministry of General Education, Ministry of Higher Education, and the University of Zambia to launch the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Transforming Teacher Education activity. As a longtime partner in Zambia’s Primary Literacy Program, the U.S. government is pleased to announce this new phase of our partnership to support Zambia’s teacher training colleges and universities. The United States has been a steadfast supporter of Zambia’s Primary Literacy Program. Through USAID, we have worked together with the Government of the Republic of Zambia to deliver improved primary school literacy instruction and materials aligned with the national curriculum.

A TB healthcare worker checks up on a TB patient.
March 24, 2021

The U.S. government’s investments to combat TB in Zambia include training health care workers, improving infection control, purchasing TB drugs and other key commodities, strengthening lab systems, and community outreach.  This year has been particularly challenging for health care systems across the world, including here in Zambia.  Together with the Ministry of Health, the U.S. government is encouraged by Zambia’s continued progress in reducing illness and death due to TB, despite the challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

March 18, 2021

Ms. Tabitha Mutinta Ng’andu is a Grade 3 teacher at Beliya Community School in Solwezi District of North-Western Province in Zambia. A strong advocate for literacy in her community, Ms. Ng’andu was concerned that over the years, teachers had not received adequate support to deliver quality literacy lessons. According to her, this is due to several interconnected reasons, among them being limited opportunities for training and lack of reading materials.  

March 4, 2021

In Zambia, an estimated 35 percent of Zambian children under age 5 are stunted due to malnutrition. Stunting impairs a child's physical growth and development and increases the chance of repeated infection. Stunting is also associated with lower mental development, poor educational performance, and lifelong challenges that limit economic and social development.