Police in Ntchisi have said adolescent mothers and their children are likely to live in poverty and contribute less to the country’s development.
Ntchisi Police Station Women Network coordinator Joana Baluti said this on Friday last week during an anti-early marriages campaign meeting at Kanjiwa Community Day Secondary School in the district.
The meeting was organised to inspire girls to prevent early pregnancies and teenage pregnancies.
“We have many girls with potential but their talents are not nurtured. That is why we are on a crusade to teach these girls the disadvantages of teenage pregnancies and early marriages,” said Baluti.
She said adolescent pregnancies and early marriages are the cause of various socio-economic challenges.
“Early child bearing and early marriages poses serious consequences to the health of and development of girls. The risk of maternal death and disability is higher among adolescents,” she said.
Head teacher for Kanjiwa Community Day Secondary School Foster Chimutu commended the police for the campaign.
“The initiative of bringing in role models to the students will inspire them. It will help them to work extra hard at school. They have seen the young role models for themselves and this will assist them to stop indulging in sexual activities while at school,” he said.
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