‘Zambia anti-early marriage pioneers’

GERMAN Ambassador to Zambia Bernd Finke (right), Ng’ombe PTA School manager Bernard Mutambwa (seated). This was during Mr Finke’s visit to the school recently. PICTURE: ARTHUR MWANSA.

ZAMBIA has the potential to become the best-practice case in the fight against child marriages; German ambassador to Zambia Bernd Finke has said.
Speaking recently when he visited Ngombe PTA School in Lusaka, Mr Finke said “I had the privilege of meeting Archbishop Desmond Tutu when he came to Zambia to support and encourage efforts to end child marriage. Let us join forces and do it; we need to make Zambia the best practice case in fighting violence against children, especially girl children” he said.
Archbishop Tutu visited Zambia as a co-founder of Girls Not Brides, a global partnership of more than 400 civil society organisations from over 60 countries across Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas
Ambassador Finke said it is also gratifying that Zambians have co-existed and have lived in peace for 50 years now.
He said “Zambia is different from many other African countries that are at war. It is a country where you have peace and stability instead of armed conflict. It is a model of best practices on the continent and beyond when it comes to respecting human rights.”
Mr Finke, however, said it is unfortunate that despite the many achievements Zambia has not managed to reduce the poverty rates and to make the economic growth more inclusive.
Earlier, Ng’ombe PTA School board vice-chairperson Boniface Mbozi said the school has serious challenges such as the lack of computers, learning and teaching materials, erratic water supply system and shortage of accommodation to expand its enrolment figures.
Mr Mbozi also called on Ambassador Finke to help the school twin with a school in Germany where pupils and teachers can exchange information about the two countries.

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