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State to improve gender equality for boys, girls

LINDA NYONDO, Lusaka
GOVERNMENT is seeking strategies of improving gender equality where both girls and boys will be provided with skills.
Ministry of Gender permanent secretary Edwige Mutale said during a meeting in Lusaka recently that boys and girls need skills in social, financial and sexual reproductive health as well as strengthening their leadership skills.
“There is need to optimise educational governance and outcomes which will contribute directly to the realisation of sustainable development goals,’’ she said.
Ms Mutale said young people in Zambia, especially adolescent girls, face a multitude of challenges that hinder and compromise development.
She said High rates of teenage pregnancy, early marriage, and alcohol abuse among young people in and out of school are high.
“At present, when a child lacks adequate support from parents, relatives, guardians or qualified teachers, there is no effective platform to offer an alternative solution,” Ms Mutale said.
She said the existing school-based referral system intended to identify the most-at-risk young people is not adequately responding to the needs of the girls.
And Restless Development Country director Harriet Mwiinga said there is need to strengthen youth leadership in Zambia.
“We need to optimise educational governance and outcomes which will contribute directly to the realisation of sustainable development,” she said.

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