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Children’s corner clubs, a tool for curbing violence

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An organisation called World Relief Malawi is hoping to reduce child abuse cases, both in schools and at home, in Dedza through its children’s corner clubs initiative.

Its representatives are stressing that denying children access to education, rape and early marriages are some of the common abuses the young ones face at the hands of their parents, guardians and duty bearers.

“Children around Chimbiya come together for different activities and, besides learning about child violence, they also discuss various issues that affect them daily. In such a way, they escape various forms of abuse they would otherwise face,” Yamikani Kunashe, who is Child Protection Field Coordinator for World Relief Malawi, told journalists at Makankhula children’s corner club during a media tour.

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Dedza District Social Welfare Officer Hellen Simwaka hailed the concept of Children’s Corner Clubs as a viable tool for addressing child violence.

“This is supporting government’s effort in promoting child rights and we hope that chiefs too will be in the forefront,” she said.

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