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Nsanje’s WOLREC in back to school campaign

Written by  Martin Chiwanda

Nsanje, September 8, 2014, Mana: Amid concerns of high number of children staying home at the expense of school in the country NGO Women’s Legal Resources Centre (WOLREC) is engaging communities and duty bearers in Nsanje in ‘back to school’ campaign in an attempt to improve enrollment in the schools.

WORLEC’s Gender Equality and Women Empowerment (GEWE) Nsanje District Program Coordinator, Evance Mathewe said they are targeting vulnerable children as they are stressing the need for the communities to uphold human rights by encouraging such children to go to school.

“We are encouraging parents and guardians to send their children to school. We are targeting children who have stayed home for quite so long without attending to classes more especially the vulnerable ones.

“We are appealing to stakeholders especially duty bearers at these meetings to encourage parents to send their children back to school,” said Mathewe.

Mathewe noted that most of the communities do not know the importance of upholding the human rights particularly those of the children and their education.

“In the area of Traditional Authority Chimombo where we are also working, they enacted by-laws that encourage parents to send their children to school. Within the by-laws there is a clause which states that parents who refuse to send their children to school will be punished by molding 5000 bricks at the nearest school as well as paying a fine of two goats to their traditional leaders.

So, the campaign aims at reminding also the traditional leaders to enforce such laws so that no children are staying home when the school session is in progress,” he added.

Mathewe hopes the campaign will help improve the situation with regard to the children’s enrollment in the schools.
“We are sure that the campaign will improve the situation,” Mathewe concluded.

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