The implementation of inclusive education and readmission of teenage mothers in public primary and secondary schools has boosted children’s access to quality education in Blantyre, an official has said.
Blantyre Urban senior inspector of schools Lonny Salama said this on Friday during a meeting on children’s rights organised by Chisomo Children’s Club in Ndirande Township.
She said the development is in line with efforts to provide a conducive learning environment to pupils; hence, the need to send every child to school.
“Schools have disability friendly infrastructures to enable every child enjoy their right to education. Inclusive education allows special needs learners to learn within their vicinities as schools have special needs teachers.
“To empower girls who drop out because of pregnancies, these teenage mothers are readmitted to continue with their studies,” Salama said.
She said hindering children’s right to education is an abuse that affects their development into responsible citizens.
Ndirande Police station officer Selemani Mtambo said areas with low crime rate have more educated residents.
“Most criminals are illiterate and they engage in immoral acts for survival. Children should be encouraged to go to school for a crime-free future of our township,” he said.
In an interview, Chisomo Children’s Club Blantyre centre manager Auspicious Ndamuwa said they engaged Ndirande residents to address concerns of abuse that force children to drop out of school and patronise the streets.
“Parents should be aware of their responsibilities on children highlighted in the 2010 Child Care Justice Act. As parents observe child rights, they foster lives, survival and the development of children,” he said. n