When We Invest In Girls, We invest In Our Nation!

Published 18/08/2015 by Petra Chikasa

Firstly I would love to share the amazing news that 120 girls from Chisyabulungu Community School will be able to stay in school for an extra year! To some, a year may not be much, but it is a great place to start, an extra year of schooling increases a girls earnings by 10%.
I created a petition using A World At School to criminalise Child Marriage in Zambia because I am passionate about seeing girls reach their full potential through education. I have always believed that as an Educated girl, it is my responsibility to empower girls in my country, to help them unlock my potential.
I first visited Chisyabulungu Community School in April 2015, it is a school with 572 pupils and 4 teachers in Sinazongwe District in Zambia. Pupils are expected to pay K30 per year which is about $4 and some pupils drop of school because their parents can’t afford $4 a year. In most cases, parents then marry their daughter off because it seems more sustainable for the family.
Poverty & Child marriage robs millions of girls the right to education and realisation of their full potential. With more education, girls delay marriage and help lift their families, communities and countries.
When I returned home, I was determined to find a solution to this problem.
We had a fundraising event to raise money for these girls and managed to raise enough for 120 girls to stay in school for a year as well as get some signatures for the Petition to Criminalise Child Marriage in Zambia.
It was also an opportunity for us to collect some shoes for pupils to wear to school during the rainy season.





During this fundraising event, I met a lot of people that believe in the Education of girls in Zambia. There are 315 girls at Chisyabulungu Community School & each one of them deserves to go to school and complete her secondary Education. It was amazing to visit them again with great news.




Fundraising has not stopped! I am hoping that very soon each and every girl will have a sponsor until she completes her education. And looking forward to carrying out #UpForSchool events to raise awareness and get more people to stand up for the Education and future of the Children of Zambia!



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