19 girls return to school after being withdrawn from early marriages in Chitipa

Mother Group at Yamba Community Day Secondary School has brought back 19 girls at the school from marriages at Traditional Authority (T/A) Mwaulambia in Chitipa district.

In an interview, Aida Mlumbu, of Yamba CDSS Mother Group said that poverty and peer pressure are some of the factors that lead to child marriages among girls.

Yamba CDSS mother group, headteacher, 2 girls withdrawn from child marriage

She further said that the Mother Group managed to get the girls back to school with assistance from the Police, Ministry of Gender, Schools management, and knowledge they acquired from the Creative Centre for Community Mobilization (CRECCOM) under the Let Girls Learn project with funding from Echidna Giving.

One of the girls who was withdrawn from marriage, Lonely Msukwa, 19, said that she dropped out of school all because of lack of support from her parent and this made it possible for her to decide to get married to a guy from Tanzania who was a mechanic.

“Since he was a Mechanic, I thought that he will be assisting me financially to be able to ensure availability of my basic needs,” said Msukwa.

According to the headteacher for Yamba CDSS, Yusuf Mwafulirwa, about 6 girls who were withdrawn from marriage have written their 2021 MSCE examinations and are currently waiting for their results.