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22 girls withdrawn from marriages in Eastern province

Rural News 22 girls withdrawn from marriages in Eastern province

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Eastern Province Education Officer Allan Lingambe has said the Ministry of General Education was working hard to ensure that girls rescued from early marriages are taken back into school.

In an interview with ZANIS, Dr. Lingambe said schools now provide guidance services, creation of SAFE clubs and the re-entry policy as some of the activities to help the girl children.

He said the Ministry of General Education, with support from head teachers, parents and the police, has managed to rescue some girls from marriages and take them back to school.

Dr. Lingambe said government has also brought on board some Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) such as the Forum for African Women Educationists in Zambia (FAWEZA) to support the girl children.

He said FAWEZA was still on course in helping the girl children, who have been married, to get back into school.

Dr. Lingambe further disclosed that about 22 girls have so far been rescued from marriages and taken back to school in Eastern Province.

He has however not confirmed if there has been any arrest of parents who marry off their children at the tender age.

The PEO said the exercise will continue until early marriages end in the province.

Yesterday, chief Mbang’ombe of the Chewa people in Katete alleged that despite interventions of chiefs and NGOs in rescuing girls from marriages, the girl children were not being helped get back into schools.

11 COMMENTS

  1. Good effort there but the PEO should find a way of collecting data even from collaborating partners. For instance, there are efforts being made by Chief Madzimawe and he has taken back such children back to school through his own efforts. I expect a provincial official to have all such data.

    • Once a Wako gal has tested the penile magic of a hyena, there’s no going back to school. Even in adulthood, they still want a hyena – Dudu & RB.

    • These people need to change their rotten culture. Don’t say that there is one culture in Zambia. Some tribes are pretty backward. They are like slave traders, profiteering on selling their daughters.

  2. This is a good move but the only problem is that these girls have already tested the fruit of life just leave them in their marriages but engage them together with their spouses to allow them to go back to school while being married. The best way to handle these issues is to prevent these marriages from the beginning say, even if there is a damage that has happened let us prevent marriage, if marriage has occurred through elopement let us retrieve the girls before it is too late. Otherwise for these who have been in marriage for sometime you are just wasting your efforts to thing you can break the bond that is their sex is secret of nature it so powerful and nice.

  3. This is a good move but the only problem is that these girls have already tested the fruit of life just leave them in their marriages but engage them together with their spouses to allow them to go back to school while being married. The best way to handle these issues is to prevent these marriages from the beginning say, even if there is a damage that has happened let us prevent marriage, if marriage has occurred through elopement let us retrieve the girls before it is too late. Otherwise for these who have been in marriage for sometime now you are just wasting your efforts to think you can break the bond that is there. Sex is a secret of nature it is so powerful and nice that you can not resist it

  4. Mwana apeluke, ku chipata fye… ati iyi yapa Mozambique… Tafibomba taking them back to school when they are “happily” married?

  5. Too late, their minds are preoccupied with the sex now. It’s much easier for a man to quit.
    The problem is parents who set marriage as the ultimate goal for the girl child.

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