Copperbelt University architecture students visit Zambia Green Jobs Programme
The Zambia Green Jobs Programme hosted 4th Year students from the Copperbelt University School of Built Environment on Friday 21st October. The students were on a tour of green buildings in Lusaka as part of the ZGJP undertaking with the University.
ZGJP has been facilitating site visits to partner institutions mainly Lafarge, Foxdale Court and PPHPZ 10 miles sites. As a way of winding down the study visit, the students came through to the ILO office to meet and interact with the ZGJP team.
Mr Alexander Mundashimwango, who is the head of architecture department, urged students to not only focus on the glamorous side of architecture but to also look at how they can implement green technology and construction methods at household levels, as they had seen during the site visit.
One of the students, Abraham Banda expressed appreciation for the visit, adding that he and his colleagues had received invaluable information especially through the visit at Foxdale Court, were green technology has been incorporated.
And speaking at the same occasion Dr Floyd Mwanza intimated that the introduction of a green curriculum is quintessential and that more trainers like himself, needed to be trained in order that the green curriculum is rolled out in a multidisciplinary approach. He also called on the ILO to consider donating publications on green jobs and green technologies to the university library for the benefit of the students learning a green curriculum.
ZGJP collaborates with the Copperbelt University School of the Built Environment (CBUSBE) in crafting a new generation of students with green skills. The partnership facilitates access to technical expertise, services and facilities, as well as a cross-pollination of technical knowledge that will enhance quality and sustainability in the Zambian construction industry. The partnership's has so far resulted in the greening of the curriculum and reviewed the training curriculum and development of sustainable design training courses for students reaching more than 800 students sofar. The aim is to raise public and industry awareness of green technology and change mind-sets and behaviour in green building. The partnership also aims to conduct research and development of green building materials, products and services including the recognition, testing and standardisation of local traditional green building materials.