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Madzimawe Happy With Reduced Teen Pregnancies In Chiefdom

14 Jun 2012, Zambia --- African girl in village with baby, Talpia, Zambia, Africa --- Image by © Dan Burton/robertharding/Corbis

Chief Madzimawe of the Ngoni people of Eastern Province says his chiefdom has made progress in reducing teenage pregnancies with only FIVE cases having been recorded since January this year.

Chief Madzimawe says encouraging the girl child to pursue education and skills training are among efforts by stakeholders that have contributed to the reduction of teenage pregnancies in his Chiefdom.

ZANIS reports that Chief Madzimawe was speaking when he officiated at a luncheon in Chongwe held to honour Dr. Maureen Himbondo, who is the first female Doctor graduate in Zondo village in his chiefdom.

The traditional leader also called for more emphasis to be made in encouraging women and girls who have not had the opportunity to get formal education to take up skills training.

Chief Madzimawe stated that the government has allocated a lot of money towards skills training through the Constituency Development Fund -CDF- which women and girls in every community should take advantage of.

And Dr. Himbondo thanked the traditional leader and the entire Chiefdom for the support they offered towards her academic journey.

Dr. Himbondo urged parents and guardians to support girls to pursue their dreams and discourage them from getting married at an early age.

Source: ZNBC