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Prioritise children’s rights, Govt told

LINDA NYONDO, Chibombo
CHILDFUND International president Anne Goddard has called on the Zambian government to prioritise the promotion of children’s rights.
Speaking in Chibombo recently, when she visited Namununga School in Mungule area, Ms Goddard said there is need to prioritise child protection.
“We want to hold local communities responsible for it, we want children to be healthy and educated.
We want to put emphasis on child protection, we can do better to improve the welfare of children,” she said.
Meanwhile, Ms Goddard is happy that the infrastructure that has been constructed at Namununga Basic School has increased the number of children enrolled at the school.
“I am happy because the rehabilitation and construction of new classroom blocks at this school will increase enrolment levels at the school,’’ she said.
Chibombo District Education Officer Isaac Simutowe said Namununga Basic School has developed since Childfund partnered with Government to improve the infrastructure.
Mr Simutowe said Childfund has been a positive partner in the provision of education in Zambia.
“The number of pupil enrolment in the school has increased due to the good infrastructure. Teachers who are stationed at Namununga Basic School are accommodated at the School,’’ he said.
Mr Simutowe is hopeful that the school will be electrified soon to enable pupils to take computer lessons.
He is grateful to Childfund for constructing an early childhood classroom.
Mr Simutowe said the water reticulation facility will improve water supply at the School.
He appealed to other stakeholders to construct high schools in the area to increase the number of pupils enrolled at secondary schools.
Mr Simutowe said Chibombo district has nine secondary schools against 80 basic schools.

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