In an effort to ensure that girls are kept in school in Machinga, African Medical Research and Education Foundation (AMREF) has involved various media houses with the aim of disseminating information that will positively influence girls to stay with n school.
Speaking on Monday at a media briefing, Project Officer for AMREF, Charles Suya, said the media plays a vital role in the society by giving people information that can help them to make informed decision.
“We thought it wise to engage the media gurus as a tool to reach many people in the society. Your involvement in this battle will help us to meet our intended goals.
“We need to work hand in hand to rescue our girls and boys from rushing into marriages without considering its consequences which in the end contributes to high maternal mortality,” he said.
He further stressed that some cultural practices are still hindering girls in the district to go further with their education.
“It is really unfortunate that some parents are still encouraging their children to abandon school for marriage,” said Suya.
Heleni Kayira of Chanco FM commended Amref for involving the media and pledged to work with them in realizing their goal.
“We really appreciate you for engaging us in order to make positive impact in ensuring that information concerning effectiveness of education and dangers of early pregnancies are being spread in the society,’’ said Kayira.
AMREF organization is non-governmental organization which aims at preventing teenage marriages with funding from Dutch nation through the Ministry of Home affairs.