Sustainable Development, Tradition & Culture, Education & Charity
SYNOPSIS BY OUR CHAIRPERSON
Finnish-Zambia Association has embarked on an ambitious path of rebranding itself to align its goals and objectives to prevailing needs and areas of interest. This has necessitated creation of three departments namely; Sustainable development department, Tradition and Culture department and Education & Charity department. FinZam has since launched projects in all the three departments.
Sustainable development department focuses on initiating projects that foster sustainable development in Zambia. These projects include Energy, Environment and Climate, Commerce and Trade, Water and Tourism. The Association plans to hold FinZam Expo 2020 in Helsinki on 23 October. The theme is ‘Business opportunities and Tourism in Zambia’. Companies, organizations and individuals from Zambia will highlight business opportunities in Zambia to promote cooperation and partnership between Finland and Zambia.
Tradition and Culture department aims at promoting rich Zambian culture in Nordic region through performances and workshops. FinZam Cultural Ensemble has since been formed for that purpose. The group consists of persons with rich cultural and traditional background. Cultural ensemble plans to hold performances and workshops in schools, public gathering and government events when called upon. Tradition and Cultural department embraces and plans for celebration of Zambian Independence Day in Finland.
Education and Charity department focuses on promoting early childhood education and enhancing academic relations between Finland and Zambia. FinZam Bright Zambia project has been launched to identify 100 most vulnerable children in Zambia and sponsor them to school. Furthermore, FinZam Student Affairs has been launched with the objective of supporting coming and going students/staff between Finland and Zambia. The scope extend to building Alumni network and promote academic possibilities between the two countries. FinZam Deafblind project, on the other hand, focuses on addressing some of the challenges of deafblind community through awareness and empowerment.
FinZam welcomes companies, organizations and individuals with similar interests to collaborate with us.
Finnish-Zambia Association Chairperson
Zambia is widely claimed to have over 72 languages, although many of these might be better regarded as dialects. All of Zambia’s vernacular languages are members of the Bantu family and are closely related to one another. Seven vernacular languages have official status. Together these represent the major languages of each province: Bemba (Northern Province, Luapula, Muchinga and the Copperbelt), Nyanja (Eastern Province and Lusaka), Lozi (Western Province), Tonga (Southern Province), and Kaonde, Luvale and Lunda (Northwestern Province). These seven languages are used, together with English, in early primary schooling and in some government publications (wikipedia). In Autumn 2016 we started a Bemba/Nyanja language nest for children. The aim of the language nest is to introduce Bemba/Nyanja through games and songs. The language nest was held in Olkkari, in Kauppakeskus Arabia, Helsinki. The nest was open for all children free of charge. The funding for the language nest has been applied from Koneen säätiö with Moniheli.
In May 2016 we invited Mathew Tembo to perform and conduct workshops in Finland. The workshops included learning a bit of theory about Zambian music, creating a recycled instrument and learning to play it. Mathew led workshops in English-speaking day-cares in the Helsinki area, and at schools for children from 1st grade to 6th grade. The schools, which took part in the project were Kaivoksela school in Vantaa, where the children learn partly in English and Itä-Hakkila school in Vantaa, where children learn in Finnish. Mathew also did one adult workshop in Helsinki.
The Finnish-Zambian Association organised a live club for the Helsinki African Film Festival in Café Mascot, where Mathew performed with talented artists based in Finland: Papa Zai, Maarika Autio, Macoumba Ndiaye and Mikko Nousiainen.
The aim of the project was to reach out to Finnish people and people from other nationalities living in Finland and teach them about African music and Zambian culture. Another important goal was met when Zambians based in Finland got to treasure their own culture and heritage.