The Zambian government received a loan approval for $33.6 million from the African Development Bank’s African Development Fund concessionary resources to finance the Support to Science and Technology Education Project (SSTEP) in Zambia.

The project, designed to support the government’s commitment to job creation and development of quality and employability skills among the nation’s graduates to improve the overall human capital in the country, will have a direct impact on increasing access to quality higher education and skills development particularly for girls and women in the country. It also underscores AfDB’s New Education Model in Africa (NEMA) under the Human Capital Strategy.

“The project is in line with the Zambian government’s Revised Sixth National Development Plan 2013-2016, as well as the Bank’s Ten Year Strategy for 2013-2022,” said Boukary Savadogo, manager of the Division of Education, Science & Technology.