Airtel Zambia through its Managing Director Peter Correia donated 300 books titled “Ceremony: Celebrating Zambia’s Cultural Heritage” to the National Assembly, a donation received on behalf of its Clerk by Dr Godfrey Haantobolo. These books will be distributed to all Members of Parliament as they are representatives of Zambian people to market the diversity of the Zambian people in their constituencies and its tourists.
Dr Haantobolo stated that the donation of the books showcasing the local culture will add to the Members’ Library in local constituencies and will assist local researchers to get more information on these ceremonies when writing conference papers about them, not solely depending on oral traditions.
It is also a great tool for teaching tourists about the cultural heritage of local people in certain constituencies, without any problems of language barriers, as the book is published in English, with many pictures to accompany the information.
Mr Correia said Airtel plans to create a positive impact on the society through its corporate social responsibilities (CSR). An interparliamentary meeting coming up soon will see Airtel and the National Assembly work together in Zambia and abroad, with the hope that the donations will grow from strength to strength.
Peter Correia added when asked the price of the book that the value of the gift is very small compared to the wealth the books give in preserving the heritage of Zambian traditions. The idea came from a photographer who shared his pictures with Airtel management, so they put a book together with great insights on Zambian heritage in its traditional ceremonies.
Over 5000 books were published, which have been distributed and will continue to be distributed by Airtel as part of its CSR.