Vocational Training in Zambia
Zambia has a shortage of qualified water supply specialists. There are 23 vocational schools in the country, but only few offer water-specific training. Financial support for secondary and tertiary education by the industry and the state is low, which means that costs must be covered primarily by the students. This leads to a lack of learning opportunities and expensive training positions.
Water Sector in Zambia
The water sector in Zambia provides a good basis. Eleven water suppliers are working on public contracts throughout the country and are audited annually by the National Council for Water Access and Sanitation (NWASCO). There are also a few private providers. However, there is little exchange between the industry and the educational sector. The great potential of cooperation is therefore not fully realised.
Zambia lacks qualified specialists to build and maintain water supply systems. The example of Switzerland shows that investments in vocational training yield great benefits to an economy in the long-run.
The strengthening of the local vocational school improves the local water sector in a sustainable way. Our goals are based on this vision:
enable young people from low-income areas to pursue vocational training
improve and expand the infrastructure and staff of the schools
encourage the integration of schools, water suppliers and production companies