Category Archives: Children

Farewell to Zambia

A Village in Africa has finally come to a close. This short video looks back on some of the highlights of my month in Zambia, and the text below is a copy of the farewell feature that appeared in today’s … Continue reading

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Finding fun is child’s play

Young children in poor rural areas in Zambia have few if any manufactured toys to play with, so they make their fun themselves from whatever they can find around them. In almost every village in the Eastern Province, boys can … Continue reading

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Chief postpones initiation ceremonies in bid to prevent teen pregnancy, early marriage and spread of HIV

On one of my last evenings in Makwatata, more than 40 women of all ages from the village gathered together to show me what happens during an initiation ceremony, the rite of passage performed for every Ngoni girl when she … Continue reading

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Women do twice the work for little social recognition

Nzima Tango Tamala lives in Makwatata with her two children. She is just 20 years old, but her children are aged 11 and 8. They are cared for by their grandmother, as Nzima is studying to be a teacher in … Continue reading

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Unpaid volunteers are the unsung heroes of Zambia’s education system

Last week, I wrote about how state schools in Mfumbeni were struggling to cope with increasing class sizes and a lack of adequate funding for resources. But thousands of community schools around Zambia are providing basic education to hundreds of … Continue reading

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Free education boosts school attendance, but strained resources are failing to improve standards

The introduction of free primary education for all children in 2002 has made a significant difference to the lives of children all over Zambia. There are now three and a half million children between the ages of 7 and 15 … Continue reading

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Chitelele

Chitelele is a dance performed by women in all villages at all social occasions in Mfumbeni. The women of almost every village I have visited during my time here have come together to greet me or say goodbye using this … Continue reading

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Father determined to send daughters to university despite challenges

“Society has deprived our women of a proper education. I want things to be different for my girls.” Lanford Mulauzi has three daughters. The first born was married last year to a teacher at the local school in Chikando village, … Continue reading

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Neighbouring villages united in their love of football

The sun is beginning to hang heavy in the sky at 3.30pm as 22 already sweaty men run out onto Chilobwe’s football pitch, to the whoops and chants from the crowd on either side of the field. Chilobwe are playing … Continue reading

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Teenage marriage ends in divorce and social stigma

Because of a lack of adequate sex education, 16-year-old Chazoso Soko didn’t realise that she could get pregnant. “My boyfriend told me that we were just practicing. I didn’t know very much about sex then,” she says. When she fell pregnant, … Continue reading

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