Creative Centre  for Community Mobilization (CRECCOM), along with  Paramount Chief Kawinga visited Sale Village, Traditional Authority  Chiwalo in Machinga District to learn how communities in the area are now empowered to stop child marriages in the Yao region. The two principals went there  through the Ending Child Marriages (ECM) project.

The event attracted  the presence of different stakeholders that the project reached out to namely Community Leaders, Mothers groups, Village Forum, and out-of -school girls that were returned to school.

Different stakeholders’ representatives presented on how they have contributed towards the project’s goal which is to contribute towards transforming the lives of girls by improving their access, retention, and achievement in upper primary and secondary schools.

The two girls, Charity Kandewu and Ambumulire Ajasi, also gave their testimonies on how they were returned  to school from early marriage through the intervention of Mothers Groups.

During the event, Paramount Chief Kawinga advised all parties that were present to work hand in hand and respect each other’s duties towards education in order to support girls’ education.

“We all have a unique role to play in ending child marriages and in promoting girls’ education. I call upon each one of us to respect the roles of our counterparts whilst we are doing our part,” said Paramount Kawinga.

The Executive Director for CRECCOM, Ms Madalo Samati, commended the good work that the people are doing in the project. “The project has been a success because of the efforts of all stakeholders in this community,” she explained.

Ms Samati further advised all community stakeholders to keep on working towards uplifting education in their communities.

ECM in Machinga District is a project funded by the Girls Opportunity Alliance (GOA) and implemented by CRECCOM in T/A Chiwalo, Machinga District.

Written By: Hope Odala

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