Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) has asked parents and guardians in Mangochi to invest in girls by sending them to school.
CCJP project officer for Mangochi Diocese Patrick Kumbuyo was speaking recently at Nankwali Community Day Secondary School when he visited three girls selected there.
The organisation rescued two of the girls from early marriages while one dropped out of school to look after her siblings.
Kumbuyo noted that most parents and guardians in the villages do not value girl education.
He blamed them for forcing their wards into marriages, saying this is tantamount to ‘killing’ their innocence.
“School is a back-bone of development for every household, community and the nation. Therefore, restraining girls from attending schools is equal to ‘digging their graves of poverty’,” he said.