Help end child marriages, Mansa stakeholders urged

THE Civil Society for Poverty Reduction (CSPR) has urged stakeholders in Mansa in Luapula Province to network and end child marriages and teenage pregnancies.
CSPR project coordinator Juliet Ilunga urged the media, education authorities, the Church, traditional leaders and parents to work together to end the two vices.
Ms Ilunga said everyone should play a role in the development of a child.
She said networking will create useful linkages within communities to end child marriages and teenage pregnancies.
“I’m calling upon all stakeholders in Mansa district to network and help in ending early marriages and teenage pregnancies because the vices have continued to increase despite sensitisation,” Ms Ilunga said.
She advised stakeholders to work proactively by not only depending on Government but also to play their roles in the children’s morals.
Ms Ilunga challenged parents to take advantage of organisations such as the Church, schools and health institutions to help mould their children into better citizens.
She said parents should play a bigger role because they are the number one contributors to the shaping of the morals of their children.
“Charity begins at home,” Ms Ilunga said.
She said if stakeholders collaborate and work as a team, early and child marriages and teenage pregnancies will be history in the country.

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