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Plan launches Strategy on early marriage and teenage pregnancy

Written by  Patrick Ndawala
teenage girls like these were urged to focus on their education teenage girls like these were urged to focus on their education file photo.

Machinga, August 25, 2018.Plan International through Yes I Do Project on Wednesday launched an advocacy strategy on child marriage and teenage pregnancy.

Speaking on the sideline on the launch which took place at Liwonde in Machinga, Programme Quality Manager for Plan Malawi, Alice Chapuma said the strategy is aimed at creating an enabling environment for girls and boy to successfully complete their education.

"Out of the five goals, the strategy is expected to change attitude of community members and gate keepers so that they take action to prevent child marriage and teenage pregnancy," she added.

Chapuma observed that policy makers and duty bearers would be empowered to develop policies and laws that support the fight against child marriage and teenage pregnancy.

"We have a global strategy in which we want to reach out to 100 million girls but as a nation our target is 3.8 million girl and this strategy forms a mean through which we can reach them.

"Through this strategy we want girls to learn, lead and decide when to get marriage and when to get pregnant," she explained.

Chapuma said so far Yes I Do project has managed to rescue over 812 girls who dropped out of school and now they have gone back to school.

"We have to end 175 marriages of teenagers and 51 early pregnant girls are being monitored. Once, they have delivered we want them to go back to school," she said.

The Quality Manager advised chiefs and other Council members to spearhead the formulation and enforcement of by-laws on child marriage and teenage pregnancy in the district.

Senior Economist for Machinga District Council, Morison Magombo commended Plan Malawi and its partners for developing the strategy as it was supporting the goals of the council.

"Our priority is education because we want more people in this district to get educated. Early marriage and teenage pregnancy are the two challenges we are fighting as a council to achieve our goal," he said.

Machinga District Council and Plan Malawi have agreed to support each other in the finalization of DDP and include some of the issues contained in the strategy into the district plan.




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