Malawi govt commits to teen mother back-to-school programme

Government says it is committed to empowering teen mothers socially and economically for them to go back to school after giving birth.

Minister of Gender, Kaliati: Teen mothers should get back to school
Minister of Gender, Kaliati: Teen mothers should get back to school

In an interview with Malawi News Agency, Minister of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare, Patricia Kaliati recently said teen mothers should be urged to go back to school for them to become productive citizens.

Kaliati highlighted this when she presided over a four-day workshop for teen-age mothers aimed at keeping girls in school held at Mulanje Boma organized by Adventist Relief Agency (ADRA).

The Minister said being impregnated whilst in school does not bar them from excelling in their academic pursuits and that her ministry would do all it can to empower them to meet their social and educational needs.

Kaliati cited an example of Chrissy Jimu, a student who was impregnated whilst in her first year of secondary school education, but after a while went back to school.

Jim, who is now in form four while her child is in form three, both at Thuchila Community Day Secondary School in the district expressed optimism that she would do well in her final Maneb examinations.

“Let the rest of these teen age mothers should follow suit and emulate Jimu’s good example of going back to school after weaning her child and working harder in class so that their dreams are realized,” said ADRAs Country Deputy Director, Michael Usi.

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6 years ago

She was impregnated whilst in her 1st year of her secondary cool nw she is in form four and her child form three koma kumenekoooooooo

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