Zomba registers a decrease in child marriages
Zomba District Social Welfare Officer, Christopher Ndaona on Tuesday said the district has registered a decrease in child marriages from October 2021 to February 2022, a development he described as encouraging.
Child marriages have always been a problem in Malawi and most of these cases are initiated by poverty and sometimes, unplanned teen pregnancies.
Speaking Tuesday Ndaona said records show some significant change in child marriages and if the trend is to continue, the district is destined for zero child marriages.
He said in October the district registered 66 cases, 63 in November, 59 cases in December, and in January, 58 cases.
“As an office, we intensively conducted awareness campaigns across the district where we discussed the evils of child marriages and why it was important to send children to school than marriage.
“During these meetings, we were also able to unearth some of the common causes or push factors for early marriages and addresses them,” He said.
Apart from the awareness campaign, Ndaona said the social welfare office now has the human capacity to reach out to all areas in the district.
“The office did not have enough resources and human force to go around places. We relied on few social workers however the good news is that as we speak, we have both social workers as well as caseworkers who are prominent people and the community relies on for help especially in fighting child marriages,” said Ndaona.
He also discloses that through the Government-to-Government (G2G) program, the office has enough resources that are assisting them in responding to issues quickly.