Speaking during the opening ceremony of the store, Vodafone Zambia CEO Lars Stork said: “Fast and affordable internet access will be this generation’s greatest leveler. Access to the internet means access to information, and access to communication networks; access that will improve education, and career outcomes. That’s the rationale behind the opening of this store at the University of Zambia campus.”
Mr. Stork stated further that Vodafone Zambia believes it is playing a critical role in empowering young people by giving them access to the devices and the network that will enhance their academic ambitions, optimise their aspirations, and enable them to soar as they pursue their careers.
“Zambia’s young people are ambitious and hardworking. We have made it our mission to ensure they have the tools and resources they need to fully realise their potential,” he added.
The event was also graced by the university’s dean of students, Mr Lastone T. Zgambo, who emphasised how technology has become embedded in education and the need to provide learners with relevant and contemporary tools that allow them to successfully engage with their study material and prepare them for life after school.
“The digital age has transformed the way young people communicate, network, seek help, access information and learn. We must recognise that young people are now an online population and access is through a variety of means such as computers and mobile phones “We therefore thank Vodafone Zambia for opening this store and providing the tools necessary for university students to thrive even as technology becomes more and more embedded in our culture,” said Mr Zgambo.
Vodafone entered the Zambian market on June 9, 2016 and young people have formed a core part of the telco’s strategy in Zambia. As proof of its commitment, it is empowering students through its graduate trainee programme that makes up 50 per cent of the company’s staff compliment; Brand Ambassador programme that has 250 students of which 60 are from the University of Zambia as well as the e-learning portal – JUMP, which continues to provide students with content that is relevant to their everyday life.