Salima, Malawi Police Service said it is the responsibility of every Malawian to ensure that children are protected from all forms of abuse.
Director of Community Policing at Police Headquarters in Lilongwe, Commissioner Willie Mwaluka said this Thursday when he monitored UNICEF programme for mainstreaming safe schools and community policing structures training at Katerera Teacher Development Centre (TDC) in the area of Traditional Authority Kambwiri in Salima.
He said children are supposed to be protected from early marriages, child labour, teenage pregnancies and sexual harassment and abuse in order for them to grow into useful citizens.
Mwaluka said communities and parents need to safeguard and provide a proper foundation for the safety of the children’s upbringing.
Communities and Police need to work hand in hand in order to address some of the challenges children are facing in various communities throughout the country, the Director said.
Mwaluka said communities should establish strong community policing groups in their areas as one way of ensuring that safety is being provide them all the time.
He advised parents to provide equal access to education to the girl child saying they need to encourage them to go and remain in school instead of forcing them into early marriages.
The Director said the Police served appreciate the role mother groups and community policing groups are doing to ensure the safe of children and communities in providing necessary security measures.
Communities need to play a leading role of promoting community policing as one way of combating crime rate within their areas and ensuring safety of the properties in order to various attracts investments, Mwaluka explained.
The Officer In-Charge for Salima Police Station, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Edward Chingaipe commended the mother groups for spreading the initiatives of retaining children in schools mostly girls.
He said the support the district is getting from UNICEF has enabled communities to realize the importance of enhancing security and promoting education for the children at all levels.
We are making progress and communities have embraced the initiative and they are willing to cooperate with the Police in providing security and monitoring children’s performances in schools, Chingaipe pointed out.
The training drew participants from mother groups, members of the community policing groups from Kambwiri area and community leaders.
Source: Malawi News Agency MANA