World Vision Malawi has said imparting knowledge to learners and other stakeholders about children’s rights is crucial in the fight against abuse of children.
World Vision Dowa development officer Tamara Nkhata said this on Saturday at the end of a three-day orientation of primary school learners and teachers in the district.
She observed that the fight against abuse of children was critical in the pursuit of the right to education and their welfare.
“It is disappointing that some people abuse children which affects their education and other achievements; hence, the training will equip stakeholders with skills to protect children,” Nkhata said.
In his remarks, group village head Chisepo said he will use the knowledge he acquired to protect children in his area.
“We will report abuse of children to authorities for action,” he said.
Mponela Police Station victim support unit coordinator Marina Tchoka said they recorded about 350 cases of child abuse in 2020.
“About 240 girls dropped out of school due to pregnancies,” she said.
A Standard Five learner at Chinziri Primary School, Alice Yolomasi, asked stakeholders to intensify efforts to fight child abuse.