By ROGERS KALERO
GOVERNMENT has supported 164 secondary school pupils from vulnerable households in Kitwe to the tune of K166, 870.00 in fees this year.
The support is under the Service Efficiency and Effectiveness for Vulnerable Children and Adolescents Initiative (SEEVCA).
Community Development and Social Services Minister Olipa Phiri said the SEEVCA project was being piloted in 10 wards in Itimpi,Twatasha , Buntungwa, Kafue, Chantente , Mindolo , Kamakonde , Chibote and Wusakile.
Ms Phiri said this in Kitwe at the weekend. The Minister said an additional 780 secondary school pupils had been identified in Kitwe for possible support under the SEEVCA project.
“With regards to education support, the ministry has been able to support 164 secondary school going pupils in Kitwe by paying their school fees amounting to K166, 870.00 for the year 2019 under SEEVCA.
“Of the 164 , 88 are male and 76 are female. An additional 780 secondary school pupils have been identified in the district for possible support under the SEEVCA project,” Ms Phiri said.
The Government launched the new SEEVCA programme in 15 districts in Zambia, with the technical support of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).
Ms Phiri said, under Village Banking, a total of 732 women had been empowered with a combined total of K654, , 000.00 since 2014.
“On March 1, 2019, Kitwe district paid out a total of K120,000 to 135 women in the seventh cycle of the programme which was on-going and expected to close in September this year.
“Under the Food Support Pack (FSP) programme, the district has since 2014 managed to purchase three hammer mills from FSP recoveries. The three hammer mills are located in three out of the five constituencies of Kitwe namely Kamfinsa, Chimwemwe and Wusakile,” she said.
She said the hammer mills were greatly helping in advancing food processing in poor communities.