Gender and Child Development Minister Nkandu Luo says her ministry will soon seek President Edgar Lungu’s permission to repossess all idle play parks in the country.
Professor Luo says move has been necessitated by lack of recreational facilities.
The Minister notes that most children have taken to beer drinking and prostitution due to lack of recreational facilities in their areas.
Professor Luo says official statistics indicate that a number of girls have been indulging in vices that are leading to early pregnancies due to lack of recreational facilities especially in schools.
She was speaking during a workshop for Teenage girls at Intercontinental Hotel in Lusaka.
And World Bank Country Representative, Kundavi Kadiresan said reducing child marriages requires involvement of all stakeholders and not the government alone.
She regrets that most girls drop out of school at the age of twelve due to pregnancies and early marriages.