Government says it will continue to provide adequate resources to facilitate availability of essential infrastructure, transport, and equipment to support youth development programmes in collaboration with stakeholders in the country.
Luangwa District Commissioner, Luke Chikani, commended ChildFund, working with Luangwa Child Development Agency, for donating 29 bicycles for peer educators involved in disseminating information on sexual and reproductive health.
Chikani said this in Luangwa District during the donation of 29 bicycles by ChildFund on Saturday.
He said the bicycles from ChildFund would go a long way in strengthening the activities conducted by young people that are involved in providing mobile youth friendly services that enable young people to make healthy behaviors.
“May I take this opportunity to thank Luangwa Child Development Agency working with ChildFund for partnering with the government of Zambia to support our young people with bicycles,” Chikani said.
He said the programme by Luangwa Child Development Agency was in line with government’s transformation agenda under the able leadership of President Hakainde Hichilema.
“Investment in education and skills development is one of the key focus areas of the 8th National Development Plan and is fundamental to inclusive development,” Chikani said.
He said the 8th National Development Plan sought to ensure that life relevant knowledge and skills were provided to young people in promoting the application of National Values and Principles.
“This development today will help ensure equitable access and provision of cost-effective, quality peer education services that are as close to the young people and their families as possible with an overall goal of improving the skills necessary for socio-economic transformation for improved livelihoods,” Chikani said.
He said various government departments had been working towards the goal of taking peer education services as close to the people that need them as possible.
This was key for them to form healthy behaviors and contribute effectively to the development of their communities.
“Government recognises the important role our partners are playing in ensuring that young people in Zambia and Luangwa in particular have equity of access to quality peer education services,” Chikani said.
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