Role models have urged girls from Ntcheu to avoid early marriages if they are to broaden their future prospective.
Speaking on Friday at Njolomole in the district when Forum for African Women Educationalist in Malawi (Fawema) organised an open day, Biriwiri Border Post station manager Rachel Kapsera said perseverance and hard work saw her make it in a world that does not favour laziness and peer pressure.
“The biggest problem dogging our youth in Ntcheu is pressure to enter into early or forced marriages which exposes them to HIV and Aids. This could be that they do not have role models who can inspire them,” she said.
Kapsera complained that poverty is driving the youth into prostitution and other forms of bad behaviour.
Fawema alumni Emily Nyirenda encouraged the youth to have goals and ambitions saying the organisation exists to advocate girl education and sexual reproductive health (SRH) issues.
Banja La Mtsogolo (BLM) and Save the Children are partners in the Fawema SRH project. n