——- Government says it is making frantic efforts in ensuring that a child friendly and compulsory education for all children in the country.
Kalulushi District Administrative Officer Isidore Tebulu says government has done this by providing free basic education services , improved education infrastructure and deployment of new teachers, especially in rural schools.
Mr. Tebulu added that government has also upgraded Twalubuka and Kankonshi primary schools in Kalulushi to secondary schools.
ZANIS reports from Kalulushi District that the District Administration said this during celebrations to mark the day of the African Child held under the theme: " Zambia at 50: A Child Friendly, Quality, Free and Compulsory education for all Children in Africa."
He said that as Zambia celebrates her silver jubilee on the 24th of October, it was government wish to ensure that the provision of a child friendly, quality, free and compulsory education for all children was maximized.
He said the commemoration of the day of the African child gave children across the country an opportunity to participate in voicing out issues affecting their rights .
And a Child Representative Bwalya Ziba said the day of the African Child was commemorated to remember the children who were killed in Soweto, South Africa during apartheid.
Ziba said that as Zambia celebrated 50 years of Independence, it was important to reflect on the efforts that the government had put in ensuring that a child friendly, free and compulsory education for all children in the country was provided.
She said 50 years ago, there were few trained teachers and the school infrastructure was not adequate to cater for all learners.
Ziba noted that free basic education was now provided which enabled the e poor children to attain basic education and that government had given an opportunity to girl children to return to school after failing pregnant by introducing the re entry policy.
And Kalulushi Secondary School Acting Headmaster Stanley Nzunda said that in did the day was not just for the children, but for everyone to celebrate.