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Chief Mumena receives kudos

ARTHUR MWANSA, Lusaka
THE Zambia National Education Coalition has commended Chief Mumena of the Kaonde people in Solwezi for launching the Mumena Education Foundation (MEF). This enables children who cannot continue with their education due to lack of funds to be assisted.
ZANEC executive director Grace Manyonga said in a statement issued in Lusaka by programme officer for research information and advocacy Nelson Banda.
“We feel that Chief Mumena has demonstrated true leadership by initiating a programme that will ensure that vulnerable children regardless of which part of the country they come from have access to education,” Ms Manyonga said.
She said her organisation is delighted to learn that the foundation will focus on raising funds to offer scholarships to underprivileged children from rural parts of the country.
Ms Manyonga said the launch of the MEF will greatly contribute towards the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly goal number four which ensures inclusive and equitable quality education and promoting lifelong learning opportunities for all.
She said, “We are happy the traditional leader has identified the need to mobilise financial resources to mitigate challenges children in rural areas face to continue their education despite having good results.”
Ms Manyonga said this is against the background of Zambia having well over 700,000 out-of-school children as a result of poverty and high user fees.
ZANEC is also confident that the effort by Chief Mumena will help in reducing the number of children that are out of school.
Ms Manyonga has since called on other traditional leaders to emulate Chief Mumena in raising funds for vulnerable children in rural communities.

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