YONECO conducted a child rights awareness session at Kalambwe Primary School in Nkhata Bay ahead of a long end of academic year holiday in which leaners need protection as they spend most of their time in their communities.
As such, the session was organized to empower the leaners to understand critical child rights issues in order to easily detect and evade violence as well as being assertive to report when their rights have been violated. Some children do not report cases of abuse mainly because they are not aware of such vices and they simply perceive such instances as normal.
Thus, YONECO also urged community leaders and other stakeholders who attended the session to do their part in ensuring the safety of children during and after holidays. It was further added that, the family, as a natural environment for the growth and well-being of all its members, especially children, should be accorded the necessary support for it to fully shoulder its responsibilities.
In order to ensure that the children are still activate during the holiday, YONECO urged them to frequent its Youth Drop Centre to access recreational materials, attend various sessions on life skills, human rights and health.
YONECO awarded 13 best students with scholastic materials including note books, pens and rulers.
The session was attended by 748 leaners of 398 are boys and 350 girls. On the other hand, the function was also graced by the presence of 111 (59 men and 52 women) community members and their leaders as well as other key stakeholders.