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African Problem of Girls Relying on Sugar Daddies to Pay for Education

A recent college graduate in Zambia observes,

We have too many reasons causing such behaviors (young girls involvement in sugar

daddies relationships) such as poverty, ignorance, funny, force or

coercion from guardians or parents and many more. But the most causer

is the tendency by girls especially those in high school and college

wanting to have extra monies for upkeep. Results from such actions has

been increased HIV, STI’s infections, unwanted pregnancies, broken

families and marriages and mistrust in the institution of marriage

from young people. Just as one of our ministers said that teenage

pregnancy is a very serious problem and it comes because our children

do not get enough exposure to help them make well-informed decisions. I personally feel that we need to curb poverty and ignorance levels

because Zambia still has a young population of which more than half

are young below 15 years, plus out 10 3 are males, so you can imagine

the number of females (young) that we have and yet are exploited and

not protected by these shameless elderly men.

 

you can read more on;

http://www.lusakatimes.com/2015/03/02/nkandu-luo-blames-sugar-daddy-syndrome-increase-teenage-pregnancies/

Hey you can as well see this link. https://www.daily-mail.co.zm/?p=22027

Life of a Zambian University Student

I Skyped with a Zambian university student. Felix Mbewe, age 24. He said most of the university students are from urban areas, because in the rural areas where about 44% of  people live, children usually don’t progress past primary school. He’s lived in both rural and urban areas, explaining,

 I have lived in two different rural areas, and came back to the city. My dad was a street food vendor before his death, but due to challenges in the city we moved to rural areas to depend on farming, and it never worked out as the rural areas are infested with mosquitoes and hence, lots of malaria. So when we came back to the city dad and mum continued to vend until when dad died. Mum has continued to hustle, and that’s how we survive, so we are hoping when I finish next year I will get a job and help out my family and take my siblings to school also.

One reason children don’t go past primary school is that secondary school costs around $100 a three-month term, plus books and uniform. He and his girlfriend started the Love for Humanity Foundation to encourage children to continue with their education (see their Facebook page). Felix said their lives in villages revolve around home, farming and caring for animals, learning about traditions and culture. They’re not as exposed to media, and don’t know about problems like global warming and apparently not safe sex as Mbewe said most of the HIV+ people are rural young people, ages 15 to 25. I asked if dating is forbidden, how is HIV transmitted? He said, “People still sleep around despite culturally its wrong to do so before marriage. And besides, due to the fact that here we cannot freely talk about sex, dating, marriage, taboos, etc with parents, we have more AIDS cases than western countries.”Most of the people are Christians, Catholics or Seventh Day Adventists. Some will follow tradition and have an arranged marriage and some will pick a spouse for themselves. Traditionally you were supposed to marry in your tribe, but now young people in urban areas are likely to choose for themselves. His parents were nontraditional, a love marriage from different tribes that produced seven children.