FIRST lady Esther Lungu says Zambians should live by Christian virtues. She advises Zambians that life will be made easier with education. Esther says she is impressed with traditional leaders’ involvement in the fight against Gender Based Violence, early marriages and teenage pregnancies. Briefing journalists in Nyimba on Sunday after concluding her weeklong tour of the district, Esther said Zambians should remain peaceful.
“I would urge every Zambian to remain peaceful, this is a peaceful nation, Zambia is loved by God and as a Christian nation we should live by its virtues,” she said.
Esther said the involvement of chiefs in the fight against various vices was very encouraging.
“I am impressed with the traditional leaders’ involvement in issues of child marriages, Gender Based Violence, teenage pregnancies, maternal mortality and many other vices. The involvement of the chiefs is very encouraging and let me use this same platform to thank and encourage traditional leaders the whole of Zambia who have committed themselves to this programme,” she said.
Esther also advised women to go back school adding that it was not too late for anyone to go back to school.
“I would urge most women to go back to school, it’s not too late for anyone to go back to school because the world is evolving. We are living in a dynamic world and we have to go by the advancements that are there. Life will be made easier with education,” she said.
Esther said her main area of concern was the issues of secondary schools, maternity annexes and boarding houses for both boys and girls. She encouraged both boys and girls to go into boarding schools so that they concentrated on their education. Esther said the government was doing its best to meet the challenges of boarding schools.
“If a lot of us come on board and got on board in alleviating these challenges, I am sure most of children will get educated. Again on our boys who are herding… if most schools are built more boys will focus on school and they will be kept busy in school and they will not even indulge in vices such as illicit sex activities which end up in early marriages,” she said.
Esther described her trip to Nyimba as successful.
During her tour the she commissioned a one-by-three classroom block which was built by Nyimba Investment in chieftainess Mwape’s area. She interacted with girls at Chinambi School in senior chief Lumbe’s area where she distributed washable sanitary towels, which were donated to her trust by Nyimba Investment.
She also commissioned Alleluia maternity Annex in chief Ndake’s area.