ZANEC Champions Academic Freedom in Zambia

The Zambia National Education Coalition (ZANEC) has been championing academic freedom in Zambia through studies it has conducted on the subject matter from as far back as 2015.

Speaking when she gave remarks on behalf of the organisation, ZANEC Board Member, Mrs. Christine Mwasiti Menda, stated that ZANEC has conducted studies and produced publications on the Academic Freedom Study, the Generic Code of Conduct on Academic Freedom, and the recent study on the Student Situation Analysis on Academic Freedom.

“As a coalition, we believe that the tenets of academic freedom should be respected by all stakeholders for homegrown solutions to thrive in our country,” Mrs. Menda said.

Mrs. Menda further stated that it was important that at the end of the symposium, clear outcomes were developed for the betterment of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). She added that these outcomes should be taken forward by the lawmakers, who were represented at the symposium by the Minister of Education, the Minister of Technology and Science through the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, and the Members of the Parliamentary Committee on Education, Science and Technology.

Mrs. Menda was speaking during the National Symposium on Academic Freedom which was held at Government Complex in Lusaka from 15th and 16th December, 2021.

The National Symposium was organised by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) and the Zambia National Education Coalition (ZANEC), in collaboration with the Ministries of Education and Technology and Science, wand was held under the theme, “Academic Freedom in Higher Education: Practice and Challenges.”

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