FDD President Edith Nawakwi has encouraged more women in Luapula Province to go back to school and ensure that they acquire an education if poverty and high illiteracy levels are to be fought successfully in the Province.
Ms. Nawakwi who took time off her busy campaign program during the recent Bangweulu Constituency by-election to visit some schools in the Constituency said acquiring an education was key to improving the lives of the people in the Constituency and Province at large.
She also noted that education will equip women with information which would help end teenage pregnancies which was “a fashion in the area” and that it would help motivate children to stay in schools.
“I am happy to see that some mothers are going back to school Ms. Nawakwi said as she inspected some books of adult pupils at Milulu Primary School. This is really nice, for once it is good to see that some of you have seen the importance of education and have decided to go back to school even if you are Grandmothers and mothers.
The illiteracy levels in this province are too high that’s why even the poverty levels are also high. I urge you to encourage other parents to join you because education has no age limit and with education you will equip yourselves with information which will help improve your lives not only as a family but as a community. I have seen one thing which is like a fashion were ever I have gone in this area, almost all women and girls are either pregnant, has a baby or both but I believe this will change once women are able to read because then they will understand that they can control their parenthood.
Your desire to have an education will also encourage children to go back to school because they will be motivated by the fact their parents are going back to school and this will also help in the fight against teenage pregnancy which is rampant here. It is so sad that children as young as 12 and 13 are becoming mothers when they are supposed to be in schools.”
She also noted that acquiring an education will improve the economy of families hence help in the fight to eradicate poverty in the Province.
“I believe that what you are doing here will help improve the economy of your families. When you are enlightened you discover opportunities were someone without an education will not see so you will find that there are a number of opportunities which you will cease because you spent time in a classroom. In fact you can even go to college and become nurses and teachers in these same communities. You also have fertile land and abundant water sources which you can use positively with the correct education, ” she explained.
Meanwhile some adult pupils at Milulu Primary School said they had decided to go back to school because they wanted to be good examples to their girl children who are the most affected by the high illiteracy levels.
They said it was difficult to motivate their children especially girls to remain in schools because there were no role models to point at as examples of the importance of education.
They also said they wanted to equip themselves with information and take charge of some things such as withdrawing money from banks.
Mrs. Mwansa who spoke on behalf of the class at Milulu further called on well wishers to equip the schools with modern learning materials.