Mr Kabwe said early and forced marriages amongst girls had negatively contributed to the advancement of education hence the need for stringent sensitization and awareness.
This is according to a speech read on his behalf by Kitwe District Agricultural Coordinator (DACO) Rapheal Muyaule during the commemoration of the international day of the girl child.
He explained that statistics indicate that 65 percent of girls have no education and that 58 percent of girls with primary education were married by the age of 18 compared to the 17 percent with secondary which he said was seriously worrying.
Mr Kabwe said the negative impact spelled a bleak future for young girls and trapped them in a cycle of poverty thereby making them vulnerable to various forms of abuse and neglect.
He said this year’s theme ‘’Girl education Key to National Development’’ was necessary because girls should be empowered through access to education in order to foster national development.
Mr Chanda reaffirmed government’s commitment towards the protection and promotion of children rights in the country through review of the national child policy, legislation pertaining to children, development of national strategy to end child marriages, implementation of the re-entry policy and the implementation of the he or she campaign.
And trauma healing centre Executive Director Jurita Mutale said the day of the girl child has created an opportunity for the girls’ awareness thereby increasing inequality they face.
Ms Mutale said government was endeavoring to promote girl child education by implementing policies that support full participation of the girl child through working with various civic organisations.
By ABEL HARA in Kitwe