By SANDRA MWILA –
FIRST Lady Esther Lungu has commended Edusport for developing a powerful Go Sisters programme that empowers girls through sport.
The Go Sisters programme aims to empower girls by training them with skills and knowledge to pursue equality.
Lungu said the programme is in line with Government’s vision of ensuring skill development for young women and girls in financial literacy and entrepreneurship.
She said this in a speech read for her by Sport Minister Vincent Mwale’s wife, Constance, during the 14th Edusport Go Sisters annual tournament held at Libala High school under the theme ‘Financial Literacy a storm foundation for girls better future’.
Lungu expressed confidence that young people will participate and benefit from the socio-economic programmes in Zambia following the launch of the National Youth Policy by President Edgar Lungu.
“Let me take this opportunity to commend Edusport Foundation for developing a powerful Go Sisters programme that empowers girls through the platform of sport. With the just launched National Youth Policy, young people will participate and benefit from the Socio-economic programmes in Zambia,” she said.
She urged the girls to continue being agents of change by engaging themselves into productive economic activities to develop the culture of saving.
“It is at such gatherings that young women can interact and share information. You must not keep to yourself the knowledge and information that you will get from this platform.
“You should share with your peers when you go back home. As you know that females are good educators because when you educate a girl you educate the nation,” she said.
Meanwhile, Provincial Education Officer Ngosa Kotati said the Ministry of Education will support Edusport activities aimed at empowering young people. Kotati said he was happy that the girl child was being empowered with knowledge on the benefits of saving.
He said such programmes will help the girl child realise their full potential and became role models in society.
Edusport national coordinator Sharon Museke appealed to the Government to come up with a deliberate policy that will develop training opportunities and lessons in financial literacy.
Museke called on the various partners to design literacy material in local languages to cater for everyone.