Winrock International education and capacity building specialist Ludoviko Matias says vibrant community structures have an important role to play in fighting child labour.
He made the remarks on Wednesday at Kayembe Teachers’ Development Centre in Dowa at a training of community structure leaders for the Achieving Reduction of Child Labour in Support of Education (Arise) Project.
“The success of child labour fight depends on the effectiveness of these community structures; hence, we decided to build their capacity,” Matias said.
“We feel that with this training, the leaders will ably support reduction of child labour,” he added.
Matias was impressed with the impact the Japan Tobacco International (JTI) funded project is making in Dowa in withdrawing and protecting children from child labour.
Gibson Banda, a participant from Chimbalu Community Child Labour Committee, commended Winrock International and JTI for organising the meeting he described as timely and an eye opener. He said the skills acquired during the training will help them fight child labour, which is rampant in Dowa.
Winrock International, through the Arise project, plans to build the capacity of leaders in 28 communities in Dowa, Lilongwe and Ntcheu.