Councillor for Phalombe Central Constituency has emphasized on the need for parents and guardians to take a greater role in child protection.
Councillor for Migowi Ward, Bridget Mtambalika made the remarks at Nkhulambe Primary School ground on Saturday when she presided over the commemoration day of the African Child in Phalombe district.
She said it is the responsibility of every parent to take good care of their children to curb cases of child abuse, defilement and child trafficking which have risen in the district.
“As Africa commemorates this African Child day, as well as Malawi, we also look at the life of the Phalombe child. As one of the aims for this day is to highlight harmful practices happening around African countries. Parents should promote children’s rights and children themselves have to learn to report to elders once they face any type of violence.”
Commenting on the issue, District Social Welfare Officer for Phalombe, Cidrick Saukila saod that they thought it wise to commemorate this day in the district since Phalombe is in the nearing borders with Mozambique and a number of children do g in the neighboring countries to do piece works whereby their rights are being violated once they go there.
“We thought it wise to have this event after seeing that a number of issues such as cases of child trafficking have been occurring in the district. The event will assist parents to know the importance of not sending their children in the neighboring countries as well as insuring people that if they see any stranger in their communities doing something fishy they should report to Police.”
International day of the African Child falls on 16 June and this year’s event was commemorate under the theme “Leave no child behind for Africans development.”