FIRST Quantum Minerals (FQM) has donated 31 laptops valued at more than K300,000 to Trident Foundation Ltd (TFL) sponsored students at Northern Technical College (Nortec) in Ndola
The donation follows calls from Nortech management to Trident Foundation to assist the students.
FQM Government relations specialist Godwin Beene, who officiated ta the handover ceremony, said the mining company obliged because of the value that both companies place on education.
“Education support is one of the key areas of support and we at FQM strongly believe in its ability to empower and liberate the mind, thereby giving individuals an opportunity to live dignified lives,” Dr Beene said.
He stressed that the mining company has been sponsoring students at Nortec since 2017.
This year the mining giant has a total of 38 students pursuing various livelihood support skills development programmes in addition to in-house and customised training initiatives between FQM and the institution.
A total of 57 students had graduated in different skills training in various fields including heavy equipment repairs, mechanical fitting, metal fabrication and welding; and electrical engineering courses.