Zomba authorities concerned about child abuse – Malawi 24

The Zomba Social Welfare Office and Future Vision Ministries have complained about practices that trigger abuse and end up disrupting children’s education.

District Social Welfare Officer, Christopher Ndaona, expressed concern during the Day of the African Child commemorations in Sunuzi Region, Ngwelero Traditional Authority, where Future Vision Ministries International is implementing various interventions focusing on the child.

Ndaona observed that beatings of children, neglect of children, dismissal of children from school for non-payment of development funds and participation of children in prayers and night celebrations are factors that contribute to the low performance of learners in schools.

“It is my appeal to parents that it is your responsibility to look after your children, do not deprive your children of food when they are unwell,” he said, observing that poverty is another factor that affects the education of children.

Ndaona therefore called on parents to engage in income-generating ventures that should enable them to support their children.

“Don’t allow poverty to be an excuse for falling to provide for your children,” the Zomba welfare officer added.

He said the Day of the African Child provides an opportunity for parents, child protection workers and organizations advocating for children’s rights to reflect on the rights of children in Africa.

Ndaona encouraged parents to pay special attention to the education of children to ensure that children attend classes and complete all class work.

The International Director of the Future Vision Ministry, Newton Sunday Sindo, said the organization decided to organize the commemoration of the Day of the African Child to provide a forum for child rights partners to reflect on the traditional, cultural and social evils that violate children’s rights.

He said each person is responsible for ensuring that children enjoy their rights and are protected from all forms of abuse.

“Every child has the right to human rights and any abuse is a violation of these rights,” Sindo added.

He therefore deplored traditional beliefs and practices that encourage child abuse and sexual exploitation to the detriment of children’s development and education.

“Let traditional leaders look into the traditional and cultural practices that trigger child abuse and ultimately affect the education of children,” said the country director of Future Vision International.

He said that it is also the role of traditional leaders to find solutions to problems since they are the guardians of the culture.

The commemoration of the Day of the African Child in Sunuzi focused on ways to end traditional practices that impact the well-being of children.

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