Community Members surrounding Nalutete Junior Primary School in Traditional Authority Kilupula in Karonga District have commended Fountain of Hope (FOHOP) for conducting girl’s rights awareness campaign in the area saying this is a catalyst in ending child marriages.
This campaign aims at raising awareness to end child marriages, promote girls right to education and promote sexual reproductive health for the youth.
Speaking in an interview after the event at the school’s football ground, Twikifye Womens Group Chairperson Loyce Msukwa described the event as timely in the area.
She said: “The awareness has come in good time as most pupils in our communities here face several challenges that easily push them to drop out of school, so with this awareness girls andparents have known the value of keeping girls in school and ending child marriages.
In a separate interview with the school’s Head Teacher Lazarus Mandalo admitted that the area has a lot of setbacks that cause pupils to quit education but asked for collaborated efforts from community members and teachers in the area.
He said: Despite the challenges, for us to be successful in promoting girls right to education and ending child marriages, there is need for us to join hands. Parents should always make sure that there children come to school every day when there are lessons taking place.
Some of the challenges that pupils are facing are long distances to school, lack of clean water in the area and lack of role models.
In response to the complaints raised by community members, Executive Director of FOHOP, Shola Kauluka urged girls to work hard in school and assured the members that the organization will take all the complaints to the relevant authority so that girls right to education and ending child marriages are achieved.
We will lobby from the Government through Ministry of Education to upgrade the school to become a full primary school so that pupils do not have to walk longer distances to attend to the higher classes, that is, standard 6 7 and 8. He said.
In promoting sexual reproductive health of the youth, FOHOP presented 23 face masks and 10 sanitary pads and promised to train members of Womens Group on how to make them using locally available materials.
FOHOP is working towards ending child marriages in Group Village Heads Mwangwela and Mwanjasi in the District, Nalutete is among the catchment areas.