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Some girls benefiting from the education aid posing for a photo 

Zambia Episcopal Conference (ZEC) in partnership with World Vision Zambia has started Zambia Episcopal Conference (ZEC) in partnership with World Vision Zambia has started supporting Orphaned and Vulnerable Children (OVCs) attain education.

The project offers scholarships for the needy girls seeking secondary and tertiary education under the project dubbed Empowerment, Respect and Equality Project (ERE) and running in Chongwe, Sinazongwe and Mazabuka districts. 

And Zambia Episcopal Conference (ZEC)’s Health Coordinator Sr. Matilda Mubanga, DOR has said the programme which started in January, 2016 is working well.
“This programme has a special focus on empowering girl children with education. We are supporting some girls in high school and colleges by paying tuition fees. This is to empower them. Girls are a valuable health resource and therefore an opportunity for secondary and tertiary education is a tool for poverty alleviation that will produce high returns in terms of wage growth” Sr. Mubanga said.
To further re-inforce the importance of educating the girl child, Sister Mubanga added that ZEC is working with Local Churches, Office of the District Education Board Secretaries, Social Welfare Department and the school guidance Teachers including other stakeholders not only to provide school fees but also counselling and moral formation. 
“Recognising the important role that an empowered, respected and recognized girls play in the economic and social development, and acknowledging that development through education of girl children can lead to increased growth and productivity of households and indeed the country, also appreciating that educating girls will in time bring up a generation of children who are cared for, healthy and gender sensitive, this Secondary and Tertiary Education Scholarship Project will rescue beneficiaries from economically weak families” Sr. Mubanga noted. 
Each year, many Grade 9 and Grade 12 school-leavers find themselves unable to proceed to the next level or higher learning due to inability to raise money to pay school fees. 


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