Nawakwi ‘targets’ Copperbelt, donates K26,000 to a Girls’ School

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Zambia’s opposition party Forum for Democracy and Development (FDD) president Edith Nawakwi has raised 26,000 Kwacha for the construction of girls’ school dormitory in Ndola rural.

Handing over the funds to Lupiya Primary School in Kafulafuta on Thursday May 8, 2014, Ms. Nawakwi said she was touched by the neglect of the school and by the high number of early marriages and pregnancies when she visited the area last month.

“As a mother it worries me a lot when I see the future of young children taken away from them due to teenage pregnancies or teenage marriage. We all have a moral duty to protect the well being of our little girls. The challenges of teenage pregnancies and early marriages has been compounded by poverty, a breakdown in morality and the lack of educational opportunities for the girl child .Parents, government and all of us have to work together to bring an end to this very unfortunate trend,” said Ms Nawakwi.

The donation is meant to help the construction a girl’s dormitory at the school. Lupiya Primary School was built in 1940 and has since its construction never received any facelift.

The school is faced with the challenge of high early marriages and high pupil pregnancies among the female pupils. The dormitory is meant to try to mitigate these challenges by keeping female pupils within close school supervision.

Ms. Nawakwi who first visited the school last month said she was moved to make the donation after coming face to face with the numerous challenges the pupils, especially the female pupils are facing.

And receiving the donation on behalf the school, the school’s Parents and Teachers Association (PTA) Chairman Mr Morgan Alimasi graciously thanked the FDD president for honouring her pledge.

“Madam President you are the only one among the many who have been pledging to help us. It is our hope and prayer that other leaders will take a leaf from the gesture President Edith Nawakwi has made for the children of Lupiya”

Speaking after Ms. Nawakwi had made a donation, the area councilor Mr Levy Jere emphasized the importance of the donation that Ms Nawakwi had made. He said the donation will go a long way in completing the girls’ dormitory which could secure their future.

Ms. Nawakwi has been visiting Copperbelt, strengthening her party’s structures  mobilizing support ahead of the general elections due in 2016.

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