BY MERCY MADZIAKAOLA
Senior Chief Kuluunda of Salima has applauded the Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) for bringing communities closer to duty bearers to interact and discuss issues affecting the people.
The chief said this last week on Thursday after CHRR brought various government officials from police, education and health to hear and discuss the concerns of people and come up with solutions on how to deliver relevant social services.
She said the opportunity to raise concerns to duty bearers would enable the communities to receive the required social services.
“We have been receiving social services which are irrelevant to our needs, but with this interaction, we are now certain we will get the services we need,” she said.
Salima deputy district education manager, Nellie Kamtedza, said the discussion had opened her eyes as she appreciated the specific challenges affecting people in the area.
“I’m very concerned to hear that primary school learners are forced to pay money in order to learn. Even though parents have a responsibility to contribute towards developmental activities at schools, the fact remains that primary school education is free and no child should be prevented from learning,” she said.
CHRR’s project officer Fletcher Simwaka said his organisation is committed to ensuring that local communities are not denied the opportunity of receiving best social services.