Posted by Isaac C. Mwiya
Two weeks ago (12th March) Zambia celebrated youth day under the theme:”Zambia at 50-Promoting Youth Mainstreaming for Sustainable National Development”. As part of the activities to celebrate this day, the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) held an open day at parliament buildings Monday 11th March.
The open day brought together pupils from all the ten provinces of Zambia who exhibited various innovations in the areas of science, arts and engineering. The event was also punctuated by exhibitions from a handful of youth related organizations. Institutions that took part in the event were the Kalusha Bwalya Foundation, Youth Vision, Youth Alive Zambia and Lota House among others.
I was there too and I met some really interesting people.
The open day was an opportunity for youths to meet the policy makers.
Gospel musicians Pompi and Mag44 were some of the youths who took part in the activities of the open day.
Deserving exhibits were awarded. This painting was awarded best exhibit in the arts category.
This painting celebrates the industry and hard work of Zambian women. It’s amazing what mothers go through in order to bring us to a place where we can begin to fend for ourselves. Personally, I stayed home until I was 21. Yes, 21!
Rodney Kombe and Emah Kabimba worked on extracting juice, syrup and sugar from beet root for medicinal and domestic purposes. Beet root offers all sorts of health benefits. This project needs some looking into.
Mable Nyirongo (16) together with her friend Chupa Kosamu (17) designed this simple Earth Tremor Detector. It is designed to detect even the slightest of tremors in the earth crust. The earth tremor is meant to be in constant motion thereby drawing an even line on the graph paper. When there is a tremor the line drawn on the graph paper becomes uneven forming troughs and crests.
Her friend Chupa could not make it to the open day.
What caught my interest with this innovation was that it was done by two young ladies. For a long time science and engineering has been dominated by the male folk.
Mable wants to be either a medical doctor or an engineer. She draws her inspiration from US based neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson and Zambia’s first lady and consultant obstetrician & gynecologist Dr. Christine Kaseba – Sata. Her friend Chupa also wants to be a medical doctor.
Well, if what I saw and heard is anything to go by these two girls have a great future ahead of them. For now, I can only wish them all the best.
Jackson Mukuka and Helen Chibale designed this Chaff Blower. It’s meant to separate the chaff from cereals such as maize, wheat and millet.
I had a great day and I think everyone who was there did. The key thing to remember is that we each have a duty to raise a new generation of leaders who are inspired, motivated, emancipated (from mental slavery) and above all else leaders who uphold integrity and service before self.
“A society that cuts itself from its youth severs its lifeline, but a society that engages their interests, enlists their talents and liberates their energies brings hope to the entire world” Kofi Anan