Save launches new child rights project

Mwanza, Save the Children International Malawi with funding from Norwegian government through NORAD has launched a new project called Securing Children’s Rights through Education and Protection (SCREP) which will mainly focus on child rights, education and protection in schools.

In an interview with Malawi News Agency (MANA) after the launch at Chidoole Primary School in the area of Senior Chief Kanduku in Mwanza on Tuesday, Country Director for Save the Children International, Kim Koch said that the aim of the project is to ensure that children in the country are educated, protected and promoted.

There are three goals of this program. First is to ensure that children’s rights are met. All children are learning in safe and quality learning environment and also to make sure that all children are protected from violence and abuse, explained Koch.

Koch said the program is being implemented at national level targeting 285,000 children in 267 schools in districts of Lilongwe Urban, Mzimba South, Mwanza and Neno as startup package phase.

She said that it is the aim of her organization to ensure that children’s rights are protected in primary school up to tertiary education.

She added that the program will also focus on gender equality and inclusion in the schools.

Director for Basic Education in the Ministry of Education, Gossam Mafuta described the project as very important in education.

Protection of children’s rights is an area in which we have challenges in education, said Mafuta.

He cited areas such as children who have special needs, those living with albinism, orphans and marginalized ones among others of which he was optimistic that they will be addressed by programs such as SCREP.

He then warned teachers who abuse children through perpetrating immoral behaviours with girl leaners in schools that they will be punished severely once caught.

He then hailed Save the Children for introducing the program in the country.

Senior Chief Inkosi Kanduku Maseko commended Save the Children International Malawi for launching the national program in his area which he said will benefit children in the district.

The five year project was launched under the theme: Let’s join hands in promoting quality education for all children.

In Malawi, Save the Children is implementing the program in collaboration with Malawi government in partnership with Association of Progressive Women (APW), Blantyre Synod, Livingstonia Synod, Malawi Human Rights Commission, Women’s Legal Resource Centre (WOLREC), Community Action for Sustainable Development (CASDO), Montfort Special Needs Education College, and The Federation of Disability Organizations in Malawi (FEDOMA).

Source: MANA Online