EDUCATION is one of the most powerful instruments for reducing poverty and inequality and lays a foundation for sustained economic growth, says Spintelligent Pty (Ltd) managing director David Ashdown.
Mr Ashdown said his company believed that becoming actively involved in the communities and countries where they were investing was crucial in making an actual impact.
“In this case, our concern is not just the economic impact on Zambia, but also the social and moral impact that an event of this nature will create,” he said.
Spintelligent were the organizers of the just ended Agritech Expo that took place in Chisamba at the GART research centre.
He said his organisation exhibited the latest agriculture machinery and technologies to drive growth in the Zambian farming sector.
Mr Ashdown said the project teams were therefore massively driven to give back and support children and provide a safe and inspiring environment in which to be educated.
The Agritech outreach programme identified the Golden Valley Basic School, which is situated on the GART research farm, for assistance in building renovations, supply of equipment and the school’s farm management.
The school has 546 students aged between seven and 18 and 17 teachers.
Mr Ashdown said the projects would also address and facilitate much needed assistance in creating a safe and more stimulating environment for the children as well as teachers.
“I am pleased to announce that our Agritech Expo sponsors such as Seed Co., SGS, Amiran, AFGRI and Klein Karoo, have responded with such generosity to our request for assistance that we will be able to assist the farm with maize seeds for the year, soil mapping, drip irrigation and vegetable seeds, machinery and manpower and grass seed for the football pitch,” he said.
Since the opening of the school in 1992, the self-sufficient farm school relied on its crop sales to keep the institution running.