BY TENDAI SAUTA
THE Girls and Women Empowerment Network (GWEN) Trust on Friday screened the film, Queen of Kitwa, to educate youth on career choices and mindset change through the game of chess.
Gwen is a community-based organisation working for the empowerment of adolescent girls and young women.
The screening of the film Queen of Kitwa, based on changed fortunes from vending to money spinning chess competitions all attained through discipline, perseverance and education, was under strict COVID-19 compliance.
The film’s synopsis is based on a girl from Uganda’s slam town Kitwa who emerged the global chess champion through tutelage from a community’s well-wisher, who formed a chess club.
The ghetto chess team outclassed a former Group A school students’ team and attracted the government’s attention to enrol some of the children into school.
The film also exposes challenges faced by girl children such as menstrual hygiene, teen pregnancy and lack of access to comprehensive sexual education that has remained an issue of concern globally.
After the screening, the trust’s programmes manager Lloyd Tendai Kwambana chaired the forum which brought issues such as a demand for good housing, clean water, education, access to sexual reproductive facilities as means to raise children with a good future.
The film also brought into light the demand for a comprehensive collaboration between social workers, educationists, government and philanthropists to rectify discrepancies in access to sports and recreational facilities.
In line with the film’s synopsis, Cleopatra Chipoyera from Happy, an organisation that deals with the welfare of orphans and vulnerable children and caregivers, encouraged the youth to avoid early sexual relationships.
“Youths must go to clinics in the event that they become sick or contract sexually transmitted infections (STIs).”
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