ZANUT starts orphans identifications project
Nakonde, February 22, ZANIS ——Zambia National Teachers Union (ZNUT) women’s committee in Nakonde district of Muchinga Province has started a programme of identifying orphaned children left by the late teachers in the area so that they can start supporting their school finances.
ZNUT Women Committee Chairperson for Nakonde district Justina Siame confirmed this in an interview with the Zambia News and Information Services (ZANIS) in Nakonde today.
Mrs Siame said that the committee wants to find out the number of deceased teachers’ children in the area so that they can start encouraging and supporting them in education.
She said that for the past few years ZNUT has been discovered that most of the late teacher’s children in the country are neglected immediately their parents die.
Mrs Siame said that such children end up stopping school and engage themselves in early marriages while others have just become street kids due to lack of support.
She added that the committee has since collected all the data from the District Education Board Secretary (DEBS) office on teachers who have died in the district.
Mrs Siame observed that teachers contribute a lot for the development of the country hence the need to support their children.
She said her committee has taken the programme seriously and it is their hope that the project extends even to other provinces in the country.
Meanwhile during the same interview, ZNUT Provincial Organizing Secretary for Muchinga Province Nondo Kasanda also said that the union will not only be negotiating for their salaries and good condition of service in the area but also to take such an important responsibility for the late teachers children.
Mr Kasanda has since appealed to all well wishers across the country to consider supporting such projects in the area.