SNP Build Democracy & Education Links In Zambia

18 September 2007
SNP MP Pete Wishart and MEP Alyn Smith have today begun a three day visit to Zambia where they will be meeting Zambian Politicians, NGOs and promote Scottish organisations working in Zambia.

Pete Wishart, the SNP's International Development Spokesman at Westminster and Mr Smith will meet the Zambian Vice President, the Speaker of the National Assembly, meet with Oxfam in Zambia and discuss the University of Strathclyde's TTEACH programme which sees the University working with the University of Zambia, the Zambian Ministry of Education and the Zambian Ministry of Community Development and Social Services.

They will also undertake democracy building initiatives in more remote parts of the country.

The SNP Government is committed to developing and extending Scotland'srole in international development work. In August the Scottish Government announced the doubling of its International Development Fund to ÂŁ9million.

Speaking from Lusaka, Mr Smith said:

"Returning to Africa on my second visit I'm looking forward to the opportunity to discuss with others how we can develop our links with Zambia further, working in partnership and building on existing work that is already being done by Scots organisations and our universities.

"One project which I hope to promote here is the TTEACH Programme(Teachers Teaching Enterprise to African children and communities) which has been developed by the University of Strathclyde in partnership with Zambian colleagues.

"The project has developed from the Enterprise Education schemes inScottish schools and aims to work with young people in Zambia, Malawi and Tanzania to develop transferable skills for work, self employment and entrepreneurship. Scottish involvement in projects like this is extremely valuable both in Zambia and in Scotland and I hope this project and others like it will continue to deliver practical support in Zambia and elsewhere."