LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)- Action Aid Malawi this week intensified its child rights protection campaign in primary school in Malawi.
The initiative dubbed “Collective Action on Violence against Children”, aims at empowering students with rights that enable them report cases of violence to authorities.
Since its inception in 2014, the project has been set up in five districts, including Machinga, Dedza, Lilongwe, Nkhatabay and Mzimba. He centers come with the formation of learner’s councils.
With funding from UNICEF, ActionAid Malawi, in partnership with the Police, Social Welfare and Ministry of Education, the initiative has created a conducive environment for pupils to learn establishment of counsels to provide a platform for the disclosure of cases of violence they face in schools.
Speaking in an interview with The Maravi Post this week, after hosting Safe School Open Day at Chatuwa Primary School in Lilongwe, ActionAid Project Officer, Pellano Mogha, expressed gratitude over success stories the initiative has brought in schools.
Mogha cited the formation of counsels, which act as forums for learners to present their rights concerns to authorities for readdress.
She said that cases of violence against children, remain high in Malawi; also high is the practices of sending children to sell food items at night, beam of videos shows during school days, corporal punishment from teachers among others.
The Project Officer therefore, lauded the initiatives because learners are enabled to report the abuses to authorities; they are empowered to make these reports without fear because they are sensitized on their rights.
In her remarks, Senior Inspector of Schools for Lilongwe Urban, Doreen Mayere agreed with Mogha that the initiative instills confidence in learners to report cases of violence against them.
Mayere urged parents and guardians to take charge of their children when they are home so that their rights must always go together with responsibility.
Standard six pupil Dorothy Banda,m at Mbwetu Primary School, lauded the project for giving them insights into their rights; she said as students, they know to report to police or organizations when they face any violence at school or in their homes.
The Safe Schools Open Day attracted pupils from Chatuwa, Kauma, Chimutu, Mtsiriza, Mbwetu, Chinsapo, where different cultural dances coupled with poems, and drama, were showcased to share experiences on how the project has positively changed their lives.