The Chairperson for Community Action Group, Charles Singano, at Chapomoka village, Traditional Authority N’gabu in Chikwawa district says they have reached out to 4 Group Village Heads on messages of ending child marriages.
He was saying this last week after a training under the Breakthrough Action project funded by USAID through Save the Children and implemented by Creative Center for Community Mobilization (CRECCOM) in the district.
Singano said that there were some cultural practices that fueled child marriages in the district.
“There were songs and dances that used to contain messages that were practiced during initiation ceremonies that made many children to indulge into sexual practices resulting into child marriages and teenage pregnancies,” said Singano.
Singano said that they have done a number of follow-up cases on children who dropped out of school because of child marriages and are back to school.
Conquering with Singano, CRECCOM Breakthrough Action project program Officer, Jenner Namoto said that CRECCOM is working with Community structures in ending child marriages in Chikwawa district.
“We are working with chiefs, CAG, traditional leaders, and youth forums to fight child marriages by training them on human rights, child rights, the importance of education, and negative impacts of child marriages,” said Namoto.
One of the parents who have been reached with messages on child marriages, Doreen Chisiyidwa , said that he encourages his child on the importance of education.
“I do encourage my children to work hard on education so that they should not become poor in the future,” said Chisiyidwa.