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Social Welfare Office bemoans increased number of children involved in vending

Written by  Maria Mzumara
some of the children vending in streets some of the children vending in streets pic sourced from internet

Karonga, March 14, 2019, Karonga District Social Welfare Office has expressed concern over increased number of children involved in vending at almost all trading centres in the district.

 
Speaking Tuesday in an interview, Karonga District Social Welfare Officer, Atupere Mwalweni said the malpractice impacts negatively on children’s right to education.

“Vending by children, especially young girls, is on the increase at the main township and almost all trading centres in the district and this trend makes the children drop out of school,” said Mwalweni.

She said the situation is worsening despite her office engaging other stakeholders such as police, child protection and market committees to assist in addressing the issue.

“Poverty is the root cause of the problem, but government is doing something to address the situation through social cash transfer programmes,” Mwalweni said.

She said her office is financially challenged to conduct sweeping and awareness campaigns on the ills of involving children in vending, especially during school time.

An 11 year-old girl who sells bananas at Karonga Market confessed to have been sent to by her mother to be selling bananas as a way of raising money for the family.

"I dropped out of school in Standard 4 to help my family sell some food stuff in town and after that I got interested in vending. Later I decided to concentrate on the business,” she said.