Thyolo DC Calls for Support on Children's Parliament
The Thyolo District Council says it is mobilizing partners to initiate a children's parliament, believing it would help to address growing child-related abuses.
The District Commissioner, Hudson Kuphanga, says currently the social welfare office is on the ground approaching potential donors to support the initiative, which would enable the youth to showcase their skills and voice out their concerns for actions.
Kuphanga has since implored stakeholders to financially support the intervention in a quest to also tackle the district's prevailing issues of potable water, early marriages, and child labor.
"Thyolo has never had one of its kind and if we can manage to have one, the young people will showcase their skills and future initiatives for their well-being,” he said.
Thyolo district principal social welfare officer, Fedda M'bwana, has reported that from January to September 2023, children faced 1,224 violent cases that included physical abuse, defilements, child marriages, child trafficking, child labor, and psychological torture.
Meanwhile, a child rights advocate, Lucky Mbewe says the children's parliament has been effective in addressing challenges affecting the children and the youth in the country.
"It offers the opportunity to raise the voices of the children and young people; it gives them space to communicate issues that affect them, be it social-economic and cultural. We have seen the children coming together deliberating issues that inform the main National Assembly for policy direction and considerations," Mbewe said.
Neno, Mwanza, Dowa, Lilongwe and Mzimba are some of the districts that conduct children's parliament.