Rufunsa, Saturday (March 2, 2024)

GOVERNMENT is concerned that many children in Rufunsa District, Lusaka Province, are abandoning school for illegal gold mining.

Rufunsa District Commissioner, Richard Mabena, says Government has since stepped up efforts to encourage children to get back to school for their bright future.

Mr. Mabena said the Labour Office has dispatched officers to various gold mining sites to rectify the challenge.

This came to light when the District Commissioner was being interviewed by children, courtesy of ChildFund, on the eve of the International Children’s Day of Broadcasting – ICDB which is commemorated on March 3rd.

ICDB is a special day when children take over TV and radio stations to air their views on various issues affecting their lives.

The District Commissioner said Zambia is a signatory to international treaties on ending child labour and will not allow children to be involved in illegal gold mining.

And speaking in an interview with the children in Rufunsa, Chief Mpanshya’s Advisor Charles Chibulo said all headmen and women have been engaged to sensitize parents against sending children to conduct illegal gold mining.

This is contained in a statement issued by ChildFund Zambia Communications Specialist Priscilla Chama-Mpengula.

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