By Draxon Maloya
Senior Chief Mabilabo of Mzimba District has warned parents and chiefs who might deliberately tolerate some behaviours that lead to school dropout and early marriages among young girls in his area.
The chief made this fresh warning over the weekend when the members of Mabilabo Community Development Council donated various Covid-19 personal protectove equipment to ten schools Under the senior chiefs’s jurisidiction.
He said Government and other development partners have already put in place measures that are aimed at eliminating school dropouts and early marriages among girls and who ever promotes the malpractice in his area will be dealt with accordingly.
“We have managed to combat this problem of early marriages, those who got married were retrieved from marriages, but it has been a challenge so we are following government procedures that will ensure that every learner is brought back to school, mind you forcing young ones into marriage is a crime,” Mabilabo said.
However, the chief warned that there is no need to relent in a fight against coronavirus cinsidering that some countries across the Mediterenean Sea are still registering huge numbers of people infected by the virus.
Speaking in an interview, the chairperson for Mabilabo Community Development Council, Ken Mthuzi said it is paramount for every comnunity member to be literate hence putting in place deliberste measures that will enable a conducive teaching and learning environment in all the schools under Senior Chief Mabilabo.
“We belong to Mabilabo area and we are very much aware that some students are in dire need of these personal protective equipments but they cannot afford, so we came to be in soliderity with people in health centres and schools as our learners starting sitting for Malawi Schools Certificate Examinations,” Mthuzi said.
Among the stakeholders championing initiatives aimed at bringing learners who were stuck in marriages that came about due to the long break emanating from Covid-19 pandemic is the Story Workshop Education Trust which has intensified its operations in Seven districts namely, Mzimba, Rumphi, Ntchisi, Phalombe, Chikwawa and Nsanje with funding from UKAID through Unicef.
Among the items donated by Mabilabo Community Development Council include sanitizers, face-masks, sutures, infrared thermometers, buckets and gloves worthy K3 million.