Vice President Inonge Wina says Zambia is on track in empowering women and girls with education and resources to ensure they contribute to the country’s socio economic growth.
Mrs. Wina said government has put in place policies to ensure that girls who drop out of school as a result of pregnancy are brought back so that they complete school and attain a qualification.
ZANIS reports that the Vice President said government has also partnered well with traditional leaders and other stakeholder to ensure that cases of teen pregnancies and early marriages especially in rural areas are addressed.
Mrs Wina said traditional practices that encourage early marriages have also been stopped in Zambia to ensure that girls concentrate on their education.
The Vice President was speaking when she featured on Rwanda Television’s special interview at the ongoing Transform Africa Summit.
She said the Zambian government has placed high premium on girls’ education but has not cast a blind eye on the boys’ future.
Mrs Wina said girls have also been encouraged in the country to take up Science and Mathematics courses which has been a challenge in the past.
She said government has realised that embracing technology especially for the young people is good for the country’s future.
Mrs. Wina said beside education for girls, her government is working tirelessly to ensure that women in the country are empowered through various empowerment programs that are currently running.
She said government is also working hard to fight corruption and ensure transparency and accountability in the country.
Mrs Wina praised Rwanda for its good leadership as demonstrated in the fight against corruption.
She noted that Rwanda was doing very well in the fight against corruption which has paid off well as the country has emerged strong from the calamity which befell her during the genocide that led to the economy to crumble.