ELIZABETH CHATUVELA, Nalolo
THE Barotse Royal Establishment in Nalolo district in Western Province has offered land for construction of a temporary boarding house for female pupils at Muoyo
Litunga La Mboela Mbuyu Imwiko says the land will be made available whenever government is ready to construct the infrastructure as she is concerned about the plight of the girl-child in the district.
She said it is painful to see female pupils at the only secondary school in the district rent private homes as this increases their vulnerability to various vices.
“There is a donor that has promised to put up a boarding house where the girls will be staying. But for now, a temporary structure can be built and land can always be made available,” she said.
Mbuyu Imwiko said this here when Ministry of Community Development and Social Services permanent secretary Howard Sikwela paid a courtesy call on her at Muoyo palace recently.
Reverend Sikwela was in Nalolo to check on progress of the Keeping Girls in School (KGS) programme.
KGS is an initiative under the Girls Education and Women Empowerment Livelihood (GEWEL) project, which government is implementing to keep girls in school and improve the livelihood of women.
The five-year programme, which started this year, is funded by the World Bank and targets to reach 14,000 girls in the region.
Mbuyu Imwiko said she is ready to work with the government to ensure that the KGS programme in Nalolo becomes a success.
She said the programme can be monitored in villages by chiefs who are on the ground.
The traditional leader, who also champions the anti-gender-based violence campaign under a programme dubbed Kwatu, commended government for initiating the KGS programme.
She said the programme is progressive because the girl-child needs education as opposed to being married off at a tender age.
“This is a good initiative because when you educate the girl child, you educate the whole nation,’’ she said.
And Rev Sikwela thanked Mbuyu Imwiko for her support and urged officers under his ministry in Nalolo district to work closely with the Muoyo palace.
Rev Sikwela said officials from the Ministry of General Education would be in Nalolo this week to sensitise the community about the KGS programme.