President Edgar Lungu says eradicating early marriages and early pregnancies calls for a multi-sectorial approach.
President Lungu said this in Lusaka today when the Swedish delegation led by Swedish Minister of Education Gustav Fridolin paid a courtesy call on him.
President Lungu said when a child is denied quality education it results in early pregnancies and early marriages.
He said government will incorporate various government ministries to ensure that education on the dangers of early marriages is scaled up.
The Head of State said Traditional rulers will also be brought on board to ensure that they protect the children from early marriages and the consequences of early pregnancies.
He said traditional leaders have played a pivotal role in ensuring that the perpetrators are brought to book and this has drastically reduced the cases in their chiefdoms.
“It is important that to avoid all this that quality education is provided at all levels of society in order to ensure that no one is left behind. When a child is denied education as a result of early marriages or pregnancies, it is a loss to mankind and the society they live in,” President Lungu said.
He has assured the delegation that they have a partnership in the presidency, as government will ensure that the fight against early marriages and pregnancies is fought.
Meanwhile Swedish Minister of Education Gustav Fridolin said Sweden enjoys good relations with the government and the people of Zambia.
Mr. Fridolin said their main interest is in the comprehensive sexual reproductive health education in the country.
He said sexual reproductive health is good because it allows the young ones to make informed decisions.