WELCOME REMARKS SPEECH BY THE ZANEC BOARD MEMBER, CHAIRPERSON FOR GENDER AND EQUITY SUBSECTOR COMMITTEE MRS MATILDAH LISITA DURING THE DREAMS LIKE SERVICES LAYERING: CAPACITY BUILDING THROUGH TRAINING AND MENTORSHIP IN THE PROVISION OF INJECTATALES, PILLS AND CONDOMS IN ORDER TO PREVENT UNSAFE ABORTIONS ON 16TH AUGUST 2022

WELCOME REMARKS SPEECH BY THE ZANEC BOARD MEMBER, CHAIRPERSON FOR GENDER AND EQUITY SUBSECTOR COMMITTEE MRS MATILDAH LISITA DURING THE DREAMS LIKE SERVICES LAYERING: CAPACITY BUILDING THROUGH TRAINING AND MENTORSHIP IN THE PROVISION OF INJECTATALES, PILLS AND CONDOMS IN ORDER TO PREVENT UNSAFE ABORTIONS ON 16TH AUGUST 2022

KAWAMBWA DISTRICT EDUCATION BOARD SECRETARY REPRESENTATIVE

REPRESENTATIVE FROM THE DISTRICT HEALTH OFFICE

TEACHERS AND LEARNERS PRESENT

ZANEC BOARD AND STAFF PRESENT

ALL PROTOCOLS OBSERVED

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN

IT IS MY SINGULAR HONOR AND PRIVILEGE TO WELCOME YOU ALL TO THIS TRAINING ON DREAM LIKE SERVICE LAYERING BUILDING CAPACITY OF PEER EDUCATORS THROUGH TRAINING AND MENTORSHIP IN THE PROVISION OF INJECTABLE, PILLS AND CONDOMS IN ORDER TO PREVENT UNSAFE ABORTIONS.

FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO MAY NOT BE AWARE, ZAMBIA NATIONAL EDUCATION COALITION (ZANEC) IS A COALITION OF NON-STATE ACTORS WORKING IN THE EDUCATION AND SKILLS SECTOR. THE ORGANISATION IS INVOLVED IN RESEARCH, ADVOCACY AND MEMBER CAPACITY BUILDING ON DIFFERENT ASPECTS OF THE EDUCATION AND SKILLS SECTOR IN ZAMBIA. ZANEC MEMBERS COMPRISE OF COMMUNITY BASED ORGANIZATIONS (CBOS), FAITH BASED ORGANIZATIONS (FBO’S), NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS (NGOS), TEACHER TRADE UNIONS AND STUDENT UNIONS. THE MEMBERSHIP OF ZANEC CURRENTLY STANDS AT 89 MEMBER ORGANISATIONS SPREAD ACROSS THE COUNTRY.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN

HIGH TEENAGE PREGNANCY IN ZAMBIA INDICATES THAT ADOLESCENT-FRIENDLY AND RESPONSIVE FAMILY PLANNING (FP) SERVICES ARE LACKING FOR ADOLESCENTS. THE LACK OF ACCESS TO CONTRACEPTIVE AND FP SERVICES AFFECTS THEIR WELL-BEING. TEENAGE PREGNANCY OFTEN LEADS TO SCHOOL DROPOUT, WHICH AFFECTS A GIRL’S FUTURE AND MAY LEAD TO CHILD MARRIAGE AND HEALTH COMPLICATIONS RELATED TO TEENAGE PREGNANCY, SUCH AS FISTULA AND UNSAFE ABORTION. UNSAFE ABORTION MAY LEAD TO INJURY, DISABILITY, OR DEATH AMONG WOMEN AND GIRLS.

FURTHERMORE, IT IS SAD TO NOTE THAT THE 2019 EDUCATION STATISTICAL BULLETIN PRODUCED BY THE MINISTRY OF GENERAL EDUCATION ESTIMATES THAT THERE ARE 106, 407 GIRLS OUT OF SCHOOL IN ZAMBIA. ADDITIONALLY, 15, 734 GIRLS GOT PREGNANT AND ONLY 8827 REPRESENTING 56% WERE READMITTED IN SCHOOL IN 2019.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN

THEREFORE, IT IS FOR THIS REASON THAT TODAY WE ARE HOLDING THIS CAPACITY BUILDING OF PEER EDUCATORS IN ISSUES OF FAMILY PLANNING AND SEXUAL REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH RIGHTS. THIS TRAINING IS FOR 10 DAYS AND WE ARE HOPEFUL THAT WE WILL ALL BE PRESENT IN THIS PERIOD SO THAT WE ARE ADEQUATELY INFORMED.

INDEED, WE ARE EXPECTANT AS ZANEC THAT YOU WILL BE OUR MESSAGE CARRIERS THEREBY DISSEMINATE AND SHARE THE IMPORTANT INFORMATION YOU WILL GET FROM HERE.

THEREFORE, THE AIM OF THIS CAPACITY BUILDING WORKSHOP IS TO CAPACITY BUILD PEER EDUCATORS ON THE PROVISION OF INJECTABLE, PILLS AND CONDOMS IN ORDER TO PREVENT UNSAFE ABORTIONS AMONG LEARNERS AND TEENAGERS IN THE SCHOOLS IN THIS ZONAL AREA IN KAWAMBWA DISTRICT.

THE SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES:

  1. CAPACITY BUILDING OF PEER EDUCATORS IN SRHR IN 5 SCHOOLS IN KAWAMBWA DISTRICT.
  2. PEER EDUCATORS AWARE OF THE PROVISION OF INJECTABLE, PILLS AND CONDOMS IN ORDER TO PREVENT UNSAFE ABORTION IN THE TARGET 5 SCHOOLS.
  3. PREVENTION OF TEENAGE PREGNANCIES AND UNSAFE ABORTIONS IN THE TARGETED 5 SCHOOLS.
  4. A TOTAL OF 20 LEARNERS AND TEACHERS CAPACITY BUILT IN THE PROVISION OF INJECTABLE, PILLS AND CONDOMS IN ORDER TO PREVENT UNSAFE ABORTION IN THE TARGETED 5 SCHOOLS.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN

ZANEC ALSO TAKES THIS OPPORTUNITY TO THANK AND APPRECIATE THE CHURCHES HEALTH ASSOCIATION OF ZAMBIA (CHAZ) FOR SUPPORTING THE HOLDING OF THIS TRAINING AND MANY OTHER ACTIVITIES THAT HAVE CONTINUED TO EMPOWER LEARNERS AND HEALTH WORKERS ON SEXUAL REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH RIGHTS.

WITH THESE FEW REMARKS I WISH US A SUCCESSFUL CAPACITY BUILDING WORKSHOP AND URGE US TO LISTEN ATTENTIVELY AND FULLY PARTICIPATE IN THE LIBERATIONS. MORE IMPORTANTLY LETS SHARE WITH OUR PEERS WHAT WE WILL LEARN FROM HERE.

THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS YOU ALL.

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