Joint Parliamentary Peer Group
ICT Workshop in Zambia
A school class visiting the National Assembly of Zambia
From the 23rd to the 25th of January 2019, the NorthSouthDialogue of Parliaments accompanied a Zambian delegation around the Minister of Higher Education, Prof. Nkandu Luo, on their visit to Austria. The visit was initiated by the Austrian members of the Joint Parliamentary Peer Group, Hon. Nico Marchetti, Hon. Eva.-Maria Holzleitner and Hon. Stephanie Cox, which is implementing activities perteining to education and youth with the Zambian parliament.
At a meeting of the Federal Minister of Education, Science and Research, Dr. Heinz Fassmann and Minister Nkando Luo, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed, which establishes a cooperation within the framework of the African-Austrian Research Network in the next 3 years. The Austrian (dual) education system was presented at a round table in the ministry. In the further course, the delegation visited different institutions in Vienna, Upper Austria and Styria. Generally, the interest of the delegation layed in the exchange of information in the areas of college education, apprenticeship training as well as the topics of agriculture and montanistics. Opportunities for future cooperation in these areas were discussed.
Minister Luo and her delegation were welcomed, among others, at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU), the Impact Hub Vienna, the training center of the Austrian Federal Railways in Linz, the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria, Campus Wels, the higher education and research institute for agriculture and agricultural occupations in Raumberg-Gumpenstein and the University for Montanistic in Leoben.
In Upper Austria, which has been supporting the NorthSouthDialogue of Parliaments for a long time, the Zambian delegation was welcomed in the federal parliament by the 3rd president, Gerda Weichsler-Hauer, and the bench head of the peoples party, Helena Kirchmayr (representing the head of province Thomas Stelzer).
The current Report (December 2018) informs on the project activities, including the many activities carried out in Zambia in the second half of the year and the delegation visit of the Austrian Joint Parliamentary Peer Group in October.
The Global Education Monitoring Report (GEM) is published annually by a UNESCO independent expert team. The purpose of the report is to review progress in achieving international educational goals, especially with regard to SDG 4 "Quality Education for All".
During a working visit from Austria, further aspects and measures of the educational programme for the National Assembly of Zambia were worked on and defined with the active participation of the target group - namely young people and learners from Zambian schools.
Austrian Parliament - National Assembly of Zambia
SDG Watch Austria is a plattform of civil society organisations supporting the implementation of the SDGs.
Der Jahresbericht 2018 des Wiener Instituts für Internationalen Dialog und Zusammenarbeit (VIDC) gibt einen Überblick über die unterschiedlichen Aktivitäten des Instituts, u.a. auch über jene des Parlamentarischen NordSüdDialog.