To strengthen the United Church of Zambia (UCZ)’s Child Safeguarding policy, UCZ has piloted a three-year programme against child abuse in response to different forms of child abuse in schools and communities where UCZ has a presence to enhance the safety of young learners.
Speaking at the project launch at Nambala and Kafue Boys Secondary school, UCZ Community Development & Social Justice Secretary Deaconess Mable Sichali said that UCZ is partnering mission schools to form anti child abuse clubs to ensure children’s protection and to report abuse cases to the relevant authorities. She also appealed to stakeholders to join UCZ in its pursuit for a safe environment for every child regardless of his or her social status.
Mulemba Kamfwa, a pupil at Kafue Boys Secondary School, said that the programme will help the pupils open up about the social ills they face and mitigate destructive consequences such as suicide and substance abuse, while the Nambala Secondary School Head Teacher said that this scheme augments the government efforts in child protection.
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