Children in the country have asked President Lazarus Chakwera to work towards addressing various challenges they are facing in their respective communities.
The children relayed the appeal at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe where they had an interaction with President Chakwera on the sidelines of the commemoration of the 2020 World Children`s Day which falls on November 20 annually.
The event started by children asking President Chakwera different questions on matters that affect them in their day to day lives.
According to the children, it is unfortunate to note that the Malawian society has become unconducive for most children as they are being subjected to various forms of abuse ranging from defilement to child abuse.
The children quizzed the President on practicality of the country`s laws in protecting them amid a rise in cases of child abuse.
According to one of the children Comfort Liabunya from Chinsapo Secondary School in Lilongwe, authorities should consider putting effective measures ranging from inclusive education to social protection in the wake of Covid-pandemic.
“It was really a big honour be here and we thank the President for all the questions that he has answered that we presented to him and we have the full confidence in him that he will resolve issues that we have brought to his attention.”
“The fact that we should have enough time to learn in school after the COVID-19 pandemic and that the rape issue will be resolved for the girls all over the world,” said Comfort.
And on his part, the country`s UNICEF Representative Rudolf Schwenk said Malawi needs to seriously work on various commitment that protect children.
“We have to make sure that the commitments from the government are being fulfilled and the demands from the children are very strong, they want to live in a better world, they want to make sure that their rights are protected,” said Schwenk.
Meanwhile, President Chakwera has assured the children that his administration will work on harmonizing all laws relating to children and implementing the National Children`s Policy,
The children have since pledged to follow up on the commitments the Malawi leader has made.