CEDEP accuses Malawi churches of violating children’s right to education during demos

The Center for Development of People (CEDEP) has registered its displeasure with the gross violations of children’s right to education by the Episcopal  Conference of Malawi(ECM) and Evangelical Association of Malawi(EAM) during  Tuesday’s nationwide demonstrations against legalisation of abortion and homosexuality  dubbed “March for Life.”

The faith organisations included school going children during time of classes

The faith organisations included school going children during time of classes

CEDEP said it finds as  ironic that the faith leaders claim to protect the family and life by demonstrating against abortion and same sex marriages.

“But during the demonstrations, there were a lot of children that were used by the church .Most of these were children wearing school uniforms especially from Chimutu Primary School in Lilongwe and St Paul in Mangochi. What baffles CEDEP is that the church leaders involved the children during learning hours to advance their agendas.

“This is very unfortunate and disappointing especially from leaders who claim to stand up for the family. It must be emphasized that among the basic and fundamental human rights of all children is the right to education. If we are indeed to protect the family, then we have to make sure that children remain in school learning so that they can contribute to the development of the nation and sustain themselves as they grow up,” reads part of the statement signed by CEDEP Executive Director Gift Trapence.

The statement adds that ‘it is hypocritical to say you are protecting a family at the same time violating the rights of children’ and that ECM and EAM should not claim that they are protecting the family by recruiting children into demonstrations during learning hours.

“This is hypocrisy and selfish behavior that destroys the family rather than protecting it. If the faith leaders claim to protect family, then they should empower children by among other things sending them to school not disempowering them by recruiting them into demonstrations.

CEDEP and its partners have stood up for rights of all Malawians including vulnerable groups like children and  has denounced evils like child marriages, rape and child labor among others which have the capacity to destroy families by promoting moral decadence.

“We are in a democratic era and gone are the days when children lined up in the streets to dance and clap hands for party and government officials instead of being in classroom learning. It seems the church leaders (ECM and EAM) would like to take the country back to the dictatorial era against their claim of promoting democracy,” said Trapence.

CEDEP has called the act as out right hypocrisy which was for many times denounced by Jesus Christ from the Pharisees.

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be humane
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the call to abortion by CEDEP is not saving life but remove the life you dont want to exist by the reason that you dont want it no it threatens life. trapence usatinamize kuti you are defending child rights of those whom advocated to be aborted

Joseph Banda
Guest

This grouping called CEDEP is the most lunatic group only looking at CASH from the donors. The Religious grouping brought the school going children to prove the point of NOT KILLING THEM. If these kids were killed in the womb, COULD THIS SO CALLED HUMAN RIGHTS GROUPING BE TALKING ABUSE OF CHILDREN’S HUMAN RIGHTS? There would no kids to talk about!!! How come that they are talking about the human rights of kids when the are promoting same sex marriages. Anawo achokela kuti Amangwetu?

Angozo
Guest

This is a battle for Light against darkness. Even though there is a dark cloud hoovering over this now, time shall come when Light will triumph, whether you like it or not. Satan will never have dominion over God’s will. The so-called Gift Three Pence (I know this is not his surname) will never win this war. Our Lord is good all the time.

Fidel Castro
Guest

The one who was supposed to be aborted is this Trapence guy. Very useless. Malawi and the world would have been a better place without you.

Crude Oil
Guest

This Trapence guy has lost his head. If he really cared for children could he have been calling for abortion? Man tikudziwa kuti umphawi ndi womwe wakupangitsani kukhala kapolo wa azungu koma bola mukanapeze chochita china. Mukungodziyalutsa nokha man, amalawi anachangamuka they can’t give a damn to this shit you are uttering.

AL-FAYEED
Guest

Mwayamba kudya kanundu mwati kuyese maganizo azipembezono. Ndalama izi mukulandira kuchokera kuma donor zakuchitisani kuti muiwale malamu a mulungu sopano. Ufulu wanu mukamba apawo inu mumafuna kuti anthu ayende pofuna kuvomeleza nyasi zanuzo. Osamatiyesa ngati ndife ana anutu, ana omwe amayendawo ndi anu kapena school zomwe anachokamozo munamanga ndinu? kanundu yemwe mukudya bwino naye mukuzikankhira kunyanjo bwino. Ma ufulu enawa jamani tatiyeni tizaona bwino tisanayambe kuyankhulapo, ma donor akukuuzani zimeneziwa ntheladi kwawoko ayi ndithu sayelekeza zinazi. School yanu sikukupindulirani apa yambani mwaganiza bwino osati umve mukulankhulawo.

aabwino
Guest

The children are protecting the rights of their unborn fellows you want to kill.

Mr.Bambo
Guest

Wapenga Trapence nkuyamba kubwebweta kkkkk.Umwalira msangatu iwe.By the way where is Undule?

nkhambako
Guest

I can appreciate the church in the role they play in developing the child as they have contributed in education by building schools, hospitals etc. while the so called cedep has done nothing on the mentioned things. by the way is mr trapence married or a homosexual himself were his parents homosexuals and if they were would he have been there making stupid noise today

Vya chichi
Guest

Koka koka Trapence, Kuyesetsa kuteteza uchimo kowopa kuti azungu sapanga funding CEDEP kkkkkkk. Yes man malawi is a democratic country koma democrancy yirinso ndi ma responsibility aka. Wake up Trapence, had it been kuti amayi ako anachotsa pathupi unakabandwa pa dzikori?Khaya izo nzakonso nawo anawo amasonyeza ufulu wawo. Ife a Malawi tikuti toto kuchotsa pakati kapenso kukwatirana akazi okha okha kapenanso amuna okho okho. Osalimbana ndi anthu a mulungu chifukwa ndiwomwewa anayambitsa khani ya demokalase yomwe ukudyelerayi. Viva ECM & EAM vivaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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