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Zambia, 17 January 2017: Eight-seven adolescent girls enrolled in internship program as part of UNICEF’s Girls 2030 Initiative

© UNICEF/Zambia/2017/Phiri
Some of the interns at NAPSA.

Responding to the Government of the Republic of Zambia’s (GRZ) articulated strategy and policy on skilling up its youth population by 2030, and building on an already-established strong partnership between the GRZ and UNICEF around the rights of women and girls, UNICEF Zambia is implementing the Zambian Girls 2030: Reaching My Potential Initiative, a program of entrepreneurship, financial literacy, career guidance, and corporate mentoring aimed at empowering adolescent Zambian girls, enabling them to gain important skills to both improve their own lives and to contribute to the realization of Zambia’s Vision 2030.

In collaboration with the Ministry of General Education (MOGE), Restless Development, and public and private sector partners, UNICEF has supported the establishment of 200 school-level career and skills clubs in eight target districts and has enrolled an estimated 6,000 girls in these Clubs. The clubs are aimed at providing adolescent girls with information about career opportunities, the how-tos on professional career development, and opportunities for tertiary-level study.

In addition, 409 girls participated in two district-level career and skills camps held in the two target provinces. These camps provided a platform for girls to gain first-hand information about different career choices and the challenges, opportunities, and requisite experience related to such professions.

Finally, 87 female secondary-level students have now been enrolled in a corporate internship program with 34 having completed the first five-day internship placement in December 2016. Participating girls are placed in various public and private sector organizations and agencies in an effort to provide girls with the professional training, skills, mentoring and networks to remain in school and to move into professional careers or to pursue tertiary-level studies after completing grade 12. Hosting organizations include: 5FM Radio Station; Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC), Development Bank of Zambia (DBZ), Zambia Telecommunication Limited (ZAMTEL), Citizens Economic Empowerment Commission (CEEC), World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Kafubu Water and Sewerage Company, Women and Law in Southern Africa (WILSA), and Zambia Chamber of Small and Medium Business Association (ZCSMBA) in the urban centers of Lusaka and Copperbelt.

Target provinces and districts were identified based on poverty, gender, and education indicators and in consultation with the MoGE. Participating girls were identified through a needs-based assessment in selected schools in designated districts. All girls participating in the internship programme are drawn from the established Career and Skills Clubs and Camps.

The Zambian Girls 2030 Initiative is supported by the UK NATCOM.






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