CHINGIOLA, Zambia, Nov. 8 (Xinhua) -- A Chinese community in Zambia will construct a classroom block to help upgrade local learning standards in the peri-urban areas in Copperbelt province.
Chingola Constituency Development Trust (CCDT) secretary Jerry Sakala said Zambia Chinese Association (ZCA) Copperbelt branch will build a 1x3 classroom block at Shimulala Community school in Chingola.
The community school has five classrooms with a total of over 500 pupils from grades one to seven sharing a learning facility which is not a conducive learning environment, said the official.
"The school management and the members of the community through the Parent Teachers Association lobbied through CCDT for the construction of a classroom block. This was after the stakeholders molded 12,000 blocks," he said.
In an interview with Xinhua, Sakala said Chingola Member of Parliament Matthew Nkhuwa facilitated a successful meeting with the Zambia Chinese Association, resulting in the association pledging to support the works at the school.
"Matty Investment, a Chingola based firm, will provide a project manager that will be paid for by the company," he said.
Sakala said the Chinese community were contributing towards the betterment of education in peri-urban areas of Chingola and the Copperbelt province as a whole.
This shows that the historical friendship between China and Zambia has kept on being strengthened by all stakeholders, he said.
It is not only on government to government, but it has a spiral effect to the communities who are the beneficiaries, he said.
Wang Xin, president of the Zambia Chinese Association (ZCA) Copperbelt Chapter, confirmed that the association will construct a block of three classrooms.
"We want to support education in Chingola as an association," he said.