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YMCA wins praise for GOLD programme

President Michael Sata greets Sioma High school pupils when they visited him at State on October 30,2013. The pupils are in Lusaka on an Education tour of State House, Parliament and the High Court -Picture by THOMAS NSAMA.

SITEMBILE SIWAWA, Lusaka
LUSAKA District Education Board Secretary (DEBS) Grace Banda has commended the Young Men Christian Association (YMCA) on the launch of the generation of leadership discovery (GOLD) peer education programme.
Ms Banda said the programme will equip adolescent school pupils with skills to reach their full potential and be able to make health enhancing decisions in all areas of their lives.
The GOLD programme was first launched in Kabwe in 2009 and has been scaled up to Lusaka.
In Lusaka, it will be implemented in 10 high schools namely Libala High, Kamwala High, Nyumba Yanga High, Olympia High, Parklands High, Matero Boys High, Munali Girls High, Munali Boys High, Kabulonga Girls High and Kabulonga Boys High schools.
Ms Banda noted that “the programme will offer financial literacy for the adolescents that will result into increased knowledge and skills in money management and job opportunities as well as increase access to financial information and resources.”
She added that with such a programme in schools, there will be a reduction in the number of teen pregnancies as most of them will be assertive enough to withstand peer pressure.
Speaking earlier YMCA Lusaka chairperson Vincent Chirwa said the programme will help young people with their social and economic challenges.
Mr Chirwa said it was through such programmes that young people will be taught on the importance of love and reconciliation.
Speaking at the same function district governor-elect, ‘Y’s men international Trevor Siyalunga pledged to continue supporting the Christian organisation with resources aimed at adolescents programmes.
Mr Siyalunga said “to enable the organisation to embark on the projects we shall always support them not only with finances but also spiritual and material.”


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