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Early marriages worry civic leader

TEENAGE girls are the major target group of Project Luangwa and SUBZ of South Africa.

CHAMBO NG’UNI, Kabwe
A CIVIC leader in Serenje’s Kanona ward has called for concerted efforts in addressing early marriages in the area.
Abess Nalungwe also attributed early marriages in Kanona to lack of schools and sensitisation programmes.
Ms Nalungwe is concerned about the plight of girls who marry early, saying many of them experience hardships in life.
“Early marriages in Kanona are a source of concern and I feel something needs to be done to educate the people about the dangers of early marriages,” Ms Nalungwe said in an interview.
She appealed to non-governmental organisations that advocate the rights of the girl-child in different areas of human endeavour to extend their programmes to the rural ward of Kanona.
Much as she is worried about the plight of girls in the area, she does not have resources to carry out sensitisation programmes on a large scale, hence the need for Government to work with NGOs to help girls in Kanona.
She appealed to Government to construct more schools in the area so that children can easily access education if they are to secure their future.
“The only primary schools we have are Miswema, Kanona and Mululu. But we need more schools to reduce the distance pupils cover to go to school,” she said.

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