Kalulushi school gets US$50, 000 worth of computers

School students in Zambia will be the first to benefit from Orica’s Global Community Partnerships Program, with the installation of a state-of-the-art computer lab at Twalubuka Secondary School.

Orica’s US$50,000 sponsorship provided the necessary renovation materials, 50 computers and network installation required to transform an existing school building into a much-needed technology hub.

Orica is also supporting the provision of a dedicated teacher as part of the sponsorship. The new computer lab will enable Twalubuka students to participate in technology subjects and pursue science and further education pathways.

Orica Zambia worked closely with the Zambian Ministry of Education and local Kalulushi District Education Board to identify priority education projects, one of which was the Twalubuka Secondary School located near Orica’s operations in Chambishi, Zambia.

Recently upgraded from a primary school to secondary college, the school had no computers for its 1400 students and 100 adult learners, thereby limiting the scope of subjects and programs it could provide.

At a ceremony to open the lab, Orica Zambia Country Lead Anthony Mwila said: “Orica is proud to support the Twalubuka Secondary School program. We’re pleased that Orica’s Global Community Partnership Program enables such sponsorships to deliver immediate benefits to local communities.”

Local dignitaries attended the ceremony including the Hon Rayford Mbulu (MP), District Education Board Secretary and District Commissioner. All spoke about how Orica's ongoing support and contribution would benefit the school's student population and the broader community. Members of the Orica Executive Team also joined the ceremony to celebrate the opening, including Richard Hoggard (Executive Global Head of Manufacturing), Ron Douglas (Executive Global Head Projects and Technology) and Clytie Dangar (Global Account Manager).

While the Global Community Partnerships Program is new, Orica’s commitment to local communities is well established. The Twalubuka Secondary School computer lab is the latest in a series of strategic community projects that Orica has invested in.

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