In a quest to end child rights violations in the country, Malawi Institute of Journalism (MIJ), on Friday 22 October, 2021, conducted an outreach program at Eswazini in Mzimba district to assess the well being of children and provide awareness on children’s rights.
The exercise which was funded by United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), consisted of 60 students from Malawi Institute of Journalism, (MIJ) Mzuzu campus.
Speaking during the tour, village headman Kambali Manda, said children meet much violence in the area which are usually not reported due to lack of awareness.
“Many people lack awareness on how they can deal with some child rights violations hence our children suffer in silence,” Manda said.
He however hailed the institute, saying the program will help to raise awareness and expose some of the hidden violence cases that children meet in the area.
“I thank MIJ and UNICEF for visiting our area. There are a lot of child rights violations happening here, this program will help in exposing some of them,” Manda said.
According to the institution’s Union President who was also part of the tour, Serah Mtambo, since the main role of journalists is to disseminate information, they will take the noticed issues to responsible stakeholders.
“We will make sure that all cases of child rights abuse are exposed for the betterment of these children,” Mtambo said.
On the other hand, one of the parents in the community, Jester Kanyasko, said there are no health facilities in the area, a situation that is greatly affecting health life of children.
“There is only one private hospital here which is also many miles away from here, so we meet many challenges when our children are in need of hospital treatment,” she said.
The program was one of the projects Malawi Institute of Journalism and UNICEF are doing in making sure rights of children are protected in the country.