By Mercy Ngoma/Angela Limwanya

Vice President Inonge Wina has called on engineers in Zambia to help demystify engineering sciences among girls in secondary schools.

Speaking when she officially opened the Engineering Institution of Zambia-EIZ 64th Annual symposium in Livingstone today, the Vice President said government recognises the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics-STEM as the foundation for increasing the number of women in specialised fields.

Ms. Wina said in line with the recognition of engineering sciences, government has constructed STEM schools specifically for girls to form the channel for inspiring girls to get into Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics fields.

She said scholarships biased towards STEM have also increased to fast track the momentum towards attaining gender equality in technology fields.

Ms. Wina also recognised the first ever President for the Federation of African Engineering Organisations, Carlien Bou Chedid for her achievement.

Meanwhile,  Ms. Bou Chadid said her organisation continues to build the capacity of members to match international standards.

And Engineering Institution of Zambia President, Able Ng’andu appealed to Government to ensure that all engineering professionals working in government   ministries be registered members of the EIZ.

Meanwhile, Wina has praised Livingstone residents for remaining resilient in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic which has negatively affected the tourism industry.

Mrs. Wina says government is aware that many businesses and residents in Livingstone are struggling to survive but that they are trying their best to ensure families are held together despite the challenges.

The Vice President was speaking in Livingstone today upon arrival at Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula International Airport.

She said President Edgar Lungu is committed to ensuring that all the people in Zambia move together in the development agenda of the country.

Ms. Wina also said the PF is proud to have representation from all the ten provinces serving as members of the central committee of the party.

And Southern Province Minister Edify Hamukale said the region is expected to produce another bumper harvest this year.

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