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We also say no to early marriage, GBV – pupil

CAESER Sakala a pupil at Ng’ombe PTA School. PICTURE: ARTHUR MWANSA.

ARTHUR MWANSA, Lusaka
A 15-year-old girl from Ng’ombe PTA School in Lusaka has assured the nation that the girl-child at the school will always stand in solidarity with the rest of the world to say no to early marriages and gender-based violence (GBV).
Caeser Sakala, a grade eight pupil, said this recently when German ambassador to Zambia Bernd Finke visited the community school.
“It hurts us so much to see family lives disintegrating as a result of GBV. Sexual harassment is rampant in our society. We call upon the authorities to mete out stiffer punishment to offenders so that would-be offenders will think twice before descending on children to quench their sexual appetite,” the bright-looking Caeser said.
She also called on her fellow pupils to work hard if they are to contribute to the development of Zambia. “To my fellow pupils, what we have heard from Mr Finke should motivate us to work even harder so that we can be ambassadors of this great country. Yes we are aware of the peer pressure, but it is no excuse for lazing around. We promise that we shall endeavour to make education a priority”.
She has since called on well-wishers to come forward and help the school with some learning and teaching aids such as computers, books and sports equipment.
Caesar is happy that her school curriculum is all inclusive of both academics and sports; a development which has contributed to the school being one of the leading outfits in outdoor activities in the country. “Amid limited resources, we have managed to stand tall among many,” she said.
Caeser is also happy that out of 608 regular pupils in the school register, 328 are girls. She said Ambassador Finke’s visit to the school will forever be remembered as it is the first of its kind.

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