Forum for African Women Educationalists in Malawi (Fawema) has said there is need for parents to be involved in promoting education, especially for girls in the country.
The remarks were made recently at a Fawema Open Day at Nsinja Primary School in group village headman Chizenga, in Chikwawa.
According to Chikwawa District Fawema coordinator Wanangwa Mganga, the open day was organised to raise awareness on education in general as well as court parents to participate in their children’s education.
“Through various activities, we saw how our girls and boys are living in school and what they have achieved so far,” said Mganga.
She indicated that parents were involved in the open day activities because of issues where girls were forced into early marriages and there was high drop-out rate. She added that Fawema was intervening to increase enrolment and also reduce the drop-out rate.
“The open day coincided with the commemoration of the Day of the African Child, which falls on June 16 every year,” she said.
The open day, which was celebrated under the theme ‘Protecting children’s rights in conflict and crisis in Malawi’ was Livunzu and Ngabu catchment areas support from ‘I’m Swedish Development Partner.’