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Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) continues to take role models to primary schools in the remote areas of traditional authority (T/A) Liwonde in Machinga district.

This comes under Yes I Do project which aims to address child marriages and teenage pregnancies in the district.

According to CHRR’s Civic Education Coordinator, Thandizo Mphwiyo, the role modelling activity aims to inspire and motivate primary school learners (especially girls) in the targeted schools to work hard at school and achieve their potential against all forms of child marriages and teenage pregnancies.

“A survey that was conducted revealed that Machinga district is amongst few districts in the country where cases of child marriages are high,” she said.

Mphwiyo narrated that one contributing factor to this sad development is the absence of role models who can motivate the learners to work hard and realise their potential.

Recently, the role modelling team visited four primary schools of Kambewe, Katambasula, Ntangaye and Kachere in the area.

During the visits, two female role models inspired learners in the targeted schools. The first one is a 21 year-old lady from the same district, Zione James, who is in her third year at the University of Malawi’s Chancellor College. The other role model is Nolia Chinkhwili, a nurse who graduated from Kamuzu College of Nursing and now works at Machinga District Hospital.

CHRR is implementing this project in partnership with Plan Malawi, Amref Health Africa, Family Planning Association of Malawi (FPAM) and Centre for Youth Empowerment and Civic Education (CYECE).

Project funds come from Dutch Partners namely: Rutgers, Plan Netherlands, Choice for Youth and Sexuality, and Amref International.