MHRC starts child rights awareness in Dedza

Dedza, Malawi Human Rights Commission has said it will conduct awareness campaigns in Dedza district in order to reduce cases of child rights violation which are at rampant in the district.

MHRC deputy director for Child Rights, Priscilla Thawe said the organisation was concerned with the rise of cases of child rights violation such as trafficking, child labour, early marriages and school dropouts in the district.

We looked at cases of child marriages, child labour and drop out which were on the increase which made us, as a human rights organisation, to embark on a campaign that will enlighten the community in Dedza on the rights of children in the district, she said.

Thawe added that campaign will include several activities such as children conferences, awareness meetings with community based organisations, Civil Society Organisation (CSO) capacity building and essay writing competition in all secondary schools in the district.

Chairperson of Dedza CSO network Reverend Dr Gladstone Alfred Kachale said the project was welcome and with increase coverage on child issues to be addressed.

He said child rights violations were rampant in secondary and primary schools and this needs really participation of all stakeholders in the fight.

With funding to the tune of K39 million from United Nations Development Programme, Malawi Human Rights Commission will embark on awareness meetings in eight traditional authorities together with Dedza CSO Network, school management committees, human rights activists, and community based organisations.

Source: Malawi News Agency � MANA