On December 19, 2011 the United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution 66/170 to declare 11 October as the International Day of the Girl Child (IDGC).
In the last two years the Jubilee Centre has facilitated to enable the Churches in Mapalo and Chifubu to work with Ministry of Gender and Child to observe and host the IDGC. Even now, over 50 years of independence Jubilee Centre has noted that economic distinctions seem to play a large part in which a school child will attend especially the girl child.
Many children in low-income communities have no access to conventional schooling. In some urban districts up to a third of the children in primary schools attend what are known as community schools.
These schools are operated by unpaid and untrained volunteers who teach in community buildings which are of very inadequate standards. In addition the girl is often being given in marriage or abused by close relations with no recourse to justice. Most girl children are to a certain extent having assigned destiny-struggling with poverty and oppression.
There has to be hope for the girl child. And this hope may lie in church leaders, guardians or parents, business people, teachers, journalists and politicians giving a listening ear to the girl child aspirations.
The 2015 Day of the Girl Child commemoration focused on the girl child speaking out through poems to all these groups of people to help her achieve her dream; protect her dignity; give her a space where she can be a child and play; provide her with an opportunity to attend school that will help her to excel academically; and to receive faith-based mentorship.
Liziwe Banda a grade 11 student said during the commemoration that “Improved welfare of the Girl-Child would help safeguard the future of the country”
Prior to the function that was held at Reformed Church in Zambia, Chifubu and Mapalo Congregations 700 children too part in the a match past that started at Chifubu local government offices and was flagged off by Chifubu Area Councillor, Mr. Grensio Tembo. There were two Councillors in attendance (Mr Grensio Tembo of Chifubu Ward and Oscar Himanga of Kamba Ward).
Ms. Esther Chimimba from the Ministry of Gender and Child Development represented the Permanent Secretary for Copperbelt Province, while eight pastors from two Networks
of Churches were in attendance.
The closing remarks were done by Pastor Peter Chikoseleshi who concluded by praying for the three government leaders.