Inkosi Gomani V has asked traditional leaders in Ntcheu to terminate child marriages and send the children back to school.
The paramount chief said this on Monday at Ntonda Primary School in Traditional Authority (T/A) Phambala in Ntcheu during a chiefs’ council meeting on ending child marriages under World Vision Malawi’s End Child Marriage Campaign.
Gomani, who is World Vision Malawi End Child Marriage Campaign ambassador, said traditional leaders were crucial in curbing the vice.
“All child marriages should be terminated. Girls should be in school. We need educated children who will be proactive citizens,” he said.
Chief Phambala promised to engage his subjects on terminating child marriages.
Ntcheu district social welfare officer Mike Makalande echoed Gomani’s sentiments.
“We should join hands to end the vice in the district,” he said.
The organisation handed over bicycles to child protection workers in the district.
A report from Ntcheu District Social Welfare Office indicates that 562 school going-girls have become pregnant with 65 from T/A Phambala.
Meanwhile, World Vision Malawi donated personal protective equipment to Ntcheu District Health Office to support the district’s fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.