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The District Commissioner of Serenje

The District Commissioner of Serenje,

Mr Stanley Chibwana



The DC is appointed by the government - his role in Serenje is similar to that of a minister or a mayor in the UK.


Mr Chibwana and his wife are both Catholic believers and very supportive of the Project.

We initially visited him in April 2009. The team in June 2010 also visited and he facilitated all that was needed to get the Girls’ dormitory site measured for Ralph to prepare to draw up the plans. On this visit we showed him the plans that Ralph has drawn up.


His response was “ Our prayers are making a huge difference…if teenage girls are not in school then many of the girls would have early marriages..as early as 14 years of age”


“Teenage girls live so independently (in Zambia Compound) but it is desperate – they are unable to cope with all the pressures of their education and they are vulnerable to temptation.”


We were very grateful for his time; and very encouraged by his support.
He also told us some interesting statistics about school leavers and higher education and job prospects:
- There are 50,000 school leavers in Zambia each year.
- There are only 3,000 further education spaces.
- Out of a population of 12 million, only 400,000 people are in full employment.

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