World Vision embarks on girl-child project

WORLD Vision Zambia has embarked on a project of educating parents and training peer educators on how best to encourage a girl-child on the importance of education to eradicate poverty in the rural areas.

World vision cluster programme manager Wilfred Mufwambi said this yesterday in Mumbwa during the commemoration of the International day of a girl-child held under the theme “innovating for girls’ education.”

Mr Mufwambi said educating a girl-child was the best approach that can be used to protect young girls against early marriages and stop them from wallowing in poverty.

He said when a girl-child was educated and avoid being married early, she can build a foundation for a better life for herself and help in the development of the economy.

“Education is transformation and its importance to social and economic development to individuals, communities and the nation cannot be overemphasised, it is a powerful catalyst for enhancing development and fighting poverty,” he said.

He said this year’s theme challenged everyone to appreciate the fact that the fulfillment of a girl’s right to education was critical, as it was an obligation and a moral imperative.

Mr Mufwambi said failure to appreciate the importance of a girl-child education was only a recipe for failure in meeting many targets under the Millennium Development Goal.

Mumbwa District Commissioner Sunday Shamabanse bemoaned the fact that despite Government’s effort to provide education to a girl-child, many girls particularly in Mumbwa District had continued to be deprived of this basic right due to poverty and cultural barriers.

Mr Shamabanse said Government was, however, committed to better the lives of the girl children as it was made evident by the unprecedented rate at which women were being promoted to top positions in Government.