Some youths in Lusaka’s Chawama compound have built a shelter for vulnerable girls in a bid to support the national girl child campaign.
The youths headed by Martin Chikulo said they have embarked on a girl child support campaign in the communities and so far a classroom block had been built to accommodate girls for education purposes.
Mr Chikulo said so far about 40 girls have been recruited in Chawama and had started receiving their education at the community centre.
“I am encouraged by the number of girls who are willing to learn and the number is increasing almost every day. The programme is important and this is encouraging,” he said.
Mr Chikulo said the national girl child campaign should be translated into action as it would transform the livelihood of girls who were the most vulnerable in society. He said so far about K30, 000 had been spent in constructing a classroom block and the procurement of essential educational materials to help the girl child getting back to school.
Mr Chikulo said he had donated to the constructing of a classroom at COBET community school in Chawama constituency in order to accommodate girls in the community.
“I have sacrificed my little resources to construct a shelter for the vulnerable children at Katuba area and Chawama community school at a cost of about K30, 000 each, to accommodate a number of girls to have access to education,” he said.
He said most of the girls were engaged in illicit activities because of poverty and therefore alternatives to such vices would change the situation in the country. Mr Chikulo said ideally the classroom would be used even during the weekends, so that a number of girls in the community could access education.
“We want to help the girl child in our society and we have engaged some teachers to be teaching the girls even at the weekend so that they spent most of their time learning,” he said.
Mr Chikulo said it was vital to put into practice programmes that were aimed at improving the welfare of the people if the country was to move forward in terms of development.