Speaking at the launch in Lusaka today Deputy British High Commissioner to Zambia Andrew Hamilton said;
Tomorrow 11 October, countries around the world will be celebrating the International Day of the Girl Child. I am delighted that the UK government is working in partnership with the Government of Zambia, the UN, Civil Society organisations and most importantly girls themselves to raise awareness about the challenges girls face in accessing education in Zambia.
The UK is committed to stepping up its engagement with adolescent girls, challenging social norms, behaviours and attitudes that limit girls’ development, and amplifying the voices of girls who want to see a brighter future for all Zambians. We are doing this through an array of programmes such as the Adolescent Girls Empowerment Programme, Ending Child Marriage and other prgrammes to promote gender equality in Zambia by empowering women and girls and reducing violence against them.
Adebayo Akindeinde, Programme Director ZAP said;
I am delighted on the completion of a second documentary which is being premiered on Tuesday 10 October.
Nyamuka Moye! - which translates to “Arise Young Woman”! is a second film after the success of the Mothering Zambia Documentary, which focused on women in representation in politics and decision making positions.
On Tuesday 10 October 2017, ZAP will premiere this film in commemoration of International Day of the Girl (IDG). The film sets out the need for supporting girls with bursaries, achievements of beneficiaries and the importance of support networks in increasing access to and retention of girls in education. The role of teachers in providing mentorship is highlighted.
The support through bursaries has resulted in girls accessing secondary education in all nine provinces across the country, with the exeception of Lusaka province.
The Nyamuka Moye premiere event was attended by the Deputy British High Commissioner to Zambia, Country Director British Council Zambia, policy makers, education focussed civil society organisations and stakeholders. The full documentary will be aired on ZNBC on 11 October 2017 on the International Day of the Girl.
Funded by the UK’s Department for International Development, ZAP has been providing grants to two education-focused civil society organisations (CSOs): Zambia Open Community Schools (ZOCS) and Campaign for Female Education (Camfed) with the aim of improving access and retention to secondary and tertiary education for young people, particularly girls from rural areas. ZAP also supports education policy advocacy work of Restless Development, World Vision International and the umbrella - Zambia National Education Coalition (ZANEC).
The Zambia Accountability Programme (ZAP) is working to increase accountability in the delivery of public goods and services. Through technical assistance and grant mechanisms to partners, the programme aims to ensure that public policy and democratic processes are more credible, inclusive and transparent, and represent citizens’ interests. Particular emphasis is placed on promoting gender equality and social inclusion including strengthening the livelihoods of the most vulnerable, supporting girls to remain in school, and increasing women’s representation in political processes.
The programme uses a robust framework to monitor, evaluate and learn from its results. It supports evidence-based learning and dialogue within and between public and private stakeholders to show how citizens can benefit from more inclusive development. ZAP is funded with UK aid from the UK government and managed by the British Council
About the Department for International Development:
The Department for International Development (DFID) leads the UK Government’s fight against world poverty and is a committed development partner in Zambia. DFID works directly to make progress towards the most off-track Social Development Goals, including extreme poverty, gender, maternal mortality, sanitation and hygiene.Read more about DFID programmes on devtracker
About the British Council:
The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We work with over 100 countries in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society. Last year we reached over 65 million people directly and 731 million people overall including online, broadcasts and publications. We make a positive contribution to the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust. Founded in 1934 we are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body. We receive 15 per cent core funding grant from the UK government.
About ‘Mothering Zambia’ Documentary:
In 2016 , ZAP commissioned a filmmaker to create a documentary about prominent female leaders in Zambia, as a case study for the gender empowerment work that ZAP and the Zambia National Women’s Lobby (ZNWL) are undertaking to address the problem of female representation in politics. The film was showcased at the British High Commissioners’ residence in Zambia to commemorate International Women’s Day (IWD) on March 6, 2017. The film was also aired on the Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) on March 8, 2017. The film can currently be viewed on YouTube here.
For press follow ups and interviews; please contact:
Nzila Siabalima, Senior Programme Manager, Zambia Accountability Programme at Nzila.Siabalima@britishcouncil.org.zm