(By Oswald Sichone in Chiawa)
HEADWOMAN Shampeyo of Chiawa in Kafue has appealed to government to urgently consider constructing a school in her area in order to stop pupils from traveling long distances to the nearby school.
Speaking when Kafue member of parliament Miriam Chonya visited Chisakila her recent days working tour to Chiawa, Headwoman Shampeyo lamented to the area MP that pupils as young as 8 years were made to walk a distance of 11KM to get to Chisakila School which is the nearest.
“Honourable MP I’m glad that you have come to visit us, my area has no school and children have to walk to Chisakila which is 11KM or Malabanyika which is 12KM from this place. Most children have stopped school because of long distances to schools which has proved to be a hindrance to education ” said the Head woman
She also appealed to government to consider drilling boreholes in the area saying water blues in Shampeyo may lead to outbreak of diseases.
And Chonya who was franked by Zambia National Women’s Lobby Group Executive Director Juliet Chibuta commended the Community for Moulding blocks meant to construct a shelter to house grade one up to grade three. She also thanked Mafoshoro, a Chirundu based businessman for helping the community to put up a shelter where about 80 children currently learning from.
” I’m impressed with your commitment to ensure that children in Shampeyo community access education. I have seen the Msiga tree where the children started learning under before Mafoshoro built you this shelter. You have a good councillor who has always been reminding me of the need to help this community and I’m happy to inform you that I’m going to dip in my pocket and buy some bags of cement to help in constructing a classroom where pupils can learn well unlike in an open space,” Chonya said.
Chonya implored the traditional leadership in Shampeyo to discourage early marriages as they were retrogressive to the development of the area.
She donated books courtesy of Longman Zambia and clothes with support from Radio Phoenix.