One million kwacha has been spent to build a first ever girls hostel by Child Fund in partnership with Mumbwa Child Development Agency at Mwembezhi Secondary School in Shibuyunji District.
The 64 bed capacity hostel has been built to offer a safe environment for girls who struggle to find accommodation during school.
In an interview with ZANIS, Mumbwa Child Development Agency Executive Director Gracious Nkete has disclosed that the modern infrastructure hostel will be the first one of its kind in the district.
She said when coming up with the project, various stakeholders were engaged and indicated high rates of drop outs especially with girls and teenage pregnancies hence the need to come up with the project which will help cushion the challenge.
Mrs Nkete also disclosed of the one million kwacha, seven hundred thousand kwacha( K1, 700,000) was spent on building the hostel and three hundred thousand kwacha( 300 000) has been spent on the training of teachers, PTA and pupils on school governance and child protection among others were conducted at Mwembezhi secondary school.
The director has since commended the community, civic leaders as well as the traditional leadership for the continued support they have rendered towards the building of the hostel.
Meanwhile speaking when Mumbwa Child Development Agency (MCDA) courtesy call visit, Shibuyunji District Commissioner Jairos simukoko says he is happy with the development.
He said the project will help reduce teen pregnancies and end child marriage.
The D.C. noted that the project has been well implemented as it has changed the face of the school.
Mr Simukoko has since thanked child fund and Mumbwa Child Development Agency for complementing government efforts in fostering development towards ending teen pregnancies and child marriage.