According to Ministry of Education statistics, over 16,000 Zambian schoolgirls became pregnant in 2015, a rise from nearly 15,000 in 2014. However, the number could be higher because the ministry’s figures are only for students in school.

The new schools, especially the boarding schools in rural areas, offer several benefits, as observed by one resident. “Most of the people here are poor and are forced to send their children to other districts such as Kaputa and Mporokoso for secondary education,” explains Lawrence Chilonge, who works as a committee clerk for Nsama District Council. “This means that when the school is completed, transport costs will be reduced for the families of prospective pupils.”

Nsama is surrounded by Lakes Tanganyika, Mweru wa Ntipa, Mweru and Chishi, which will give an incentive to farmers to supply the new school with rice grown there owing to abundant water. Fishermen will thus make a living by providing the school with proteins.

The energy sector is another example of involvement of the Chinese in rural development.