SA based Malawian men fuelling school dropout rates in Mzimba

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A study conducted by Plan Malawi in Mzimba has revealed that Malawian men who are based in South Africa are contributing to high school dropouts among girls in some areas in the district.

This was revealed at Mbawa primary school in TA M’mbelwa where Plan Malawi conducted a march for community leaders to encourage pupils at the school to concentrate on their studies.

pupils at mbawa school march

pupils at mbawa school march

Community leaders in the area had expressed worry with the high number of girls who never complete their primary school.

A study by Plan Malawi shows that girls in the district get married as early as 13 years of age because of poverty.

According to one of the facilitators, Canaan Shunga, most of the girls have been cheated that they will go to South Africa by men from the area.

The girls are also promised large sums of money hence they get easily enticed and they just get married.

“We urge our rich brothers and those living in diaspora, especially in South Africa, to stop marrying our young daughters. They come to our villages and pay huge sums of money to parents of these young girls and marry them. Later on they go back to South Africa and dump our sisters,” claimed Shunga.

Research also revealed that it is very rare to see men living in the communities marrying young girls.

According to Plan, some parents also force their girls to get married after receiving money and cattle from men hence there are many contributing factors from parents, girls themselves, and the communities they live in.

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  1. ZOONADI. AKABWERA KU RSA AMATICHITITSA MANYAZI. KUZIPATALA MA SHOP KUCHITA KUWAFUNILA TRANSLATOR. AZIPITA KUSUKULU CHONDE COZ EVEN KUJONIKO AT LEAST UZITHA KULEMBA NDI KUWERENGA.LIFE IS NOT AS EASY AS ABC IN DIASPORA.

  2. I GO THRU SOME COMENT HERE IT SAME LIKE OTHERS THEY DONT UNDERSTAND THIS POST GUYS BLAME IS NOT ABOUT JOB ITS ABOUT YOU GUYS WHO ARE IN RSA ARE DATING YOUNG GIRLS WHEN YOU COME HOME YOUIR MAKING THEM DROP SCHOOL FOR YOU. WICH IS NOT A WISE THING TO DO

  3. ITS TRUE OUR GOVERNMENT IS POOR AND IT DIESENT EVEN MAKE SENSE THA WE MUST PAY FEEZ IN PRIMARY SCOOLS AND NO EXAMMS IN FORM 2 and standard eight rich wha t kind of madness are those people who did discus the program oho it is wess. Now no education in Malawi now

  4. Am grom Mzimba and i fully support the findings of this research. The guys find it priceless to go to school when they can afford to get jobs in South Africa easily.

  5. the blame must go back to Plan Malawi,why do they not blame the government for not creating job opportunities?Our coutry is reach but our leaders are poor they taking gov’t money into their poket.NO blame to the Mzimba pple they are searching money!

  6. Am from Mzimba myself,really there is unemployment problem not in Malawi ,even in RSA where some of our brothers and sisters are jobless. The issue of the matter here is that our daughters and sons seem not to have keen intrest in persuing their education because what bangs in their minds is going to RSA upon seeing those who have been there. so what Plan Malawi is saying is not stopping people from seeking greener pasture but it is encouraging us to send our children to school so that when they go to RSA they should be able to read and write .

  7. To my understanding, education is a vital aspect in day to day life, those who had sometime in studying have got a better understanding not jobs.

  8. They are just trying to go back to where they came from after Zongendaba misled them to this cursed and miserable land! Malawi is a shame.

  9. To be educated, does not mean that you must be employed by the governmen,no.you can do anything but using the knowledge that you got from xool.Cammon guyz.

  10. I think the Adim is dreaming, from now on ward don’t come to my home that you want to buy something that i brought from SA, and you complaining too much when we charging you at a cheap price, Now you talking shit, like those girls the living with you. Leave Mzimba alone, let people to develoment , they not depending on your education, time for education has gone with Dr Hesting Kamuzu Banda , right now just full of troubles in Malawi

  11. Discourage them by improving lives of educated Malawian workers working within not just talking. Most of them have nothing at their villages.

  12. Look at you . Who do you think you are ? Stop damaging people leaving in S.A’s reputation. There are many beautiful matured ladies in Malawi such that no one can go and propose a 13 year girl.

  13. speaking without fear,since government has come up,with these stupid ideas,that a primary school should starting paying xool fees and the other stupidity ideas of dwindling the standard 8 and form 2 certificate of education,is the one makes lot of girls as well as boys to suffer as a result lot of them they droping out school why,because they can’t manage it,so stop blaming people who are based in south africa,because they are the one they developing the community now adays eve plan international Malawi now is a history,it was plan in early days,where by things was going according to their name plan.so don’t implicating people into this while the government started it by dwindling everything,from starter park to macoponi,.so tell the government first they must provide with basic education to everyone,then we will stop marrying those girls lather than they stay at hom and doing nothing you hear

    • Kkkkkk u r right bro pipo cant focus the source that implicate things they r jst good bringing false atitude look the M G is busy opening doors 4 gays bt pipo r crying 4 hunger shame

    • that’s it bro, Ezekiel Nyondo ,they don’t know nothing,but focusing of increasing gays in a country what shirt is that ?malawi governmental must condame this kind of attitude,what about girls, who is going to marry them if men they marrying each other. really shame Malawi.

  14. Hw many pple r educated in this country?,,,and hw many pple u employ in tha last yr?,,,,,,boma ilibe ndalama hahahahahahaha koma malawi,,,,,ndisiyen ine ndadye nkhukuzi bas.

  15. Madzi amapita komwe kuli koseseleka ndiye ngati achinyamata ambili akumapita ku SA alekeni olo aphunzile phindu ndi chiyani? Ku Malawi vuto ndi kukhomelelana zimatheka wa MSCE kumagulitsa makaka kwa Bvumbwe ndiye phindu la sukulu lili pat? Bola kupita ku jon coz mbuli ikulandila ndalama zambili kumuposa wapolice.kkkkkkkkk poor leadership.kkkk education has no profit in malawi.

  16. Please please don’t blame people it’s all about mlw government and there stupid ride….muthu wa fom 4 sakupeza tchito malawi kukoleg fee’s ndiyokwela atan mwana wamuthu…..This is stupid post!

  17. Ndichifukwa chake anthu aku Mzimba ndiwozidalira okha. Samadalira boma pa zina zili zonse school nowadays in Malawi is just wasting your time. Kufika form 4 koma osaziwa chizungu. Kufika university kupeza degree koma no job out there.

  18. Udzu umamela pomwe pali chile.chimozimozi anthu amafewa pomwe pali ndalama.Malawi akanangovomeleza kut education has no benifit now.inshort poor leadership.

  19. Ndimava kuwawa ndikatchulidwa kut #giligamba koma chosecho kusukulu ndinavaa, msce masiku ano sizithu zikukomela anthu ochita bwino, ndiwomwe ali ndiachibale ochita bwino. Ndipo ndalama ya Rand ili ndi mphamvu kuposa kwacha ‘1 to 45’ ife titani? Ngati pakwathu pali nyumba yolozeka ndikamba ka Rand. Leadership is so poor.

    • man nt leadership bt malaw is agro-based kudalira ulimi while sA mi gold mbwee almost everything 2 azungu andalama ali mbwee amene mukachoka ku malawi mumazagwirako ntchito nanga ku malawi ali ku,?malawi is poor country inu mwayendapo auzeni chilungamo anthu mumawona akuda kuno momwe nawonso amadzuzikira

    • Muliyendamu muli mavuto koma bwana wankulu moti atimenyele nkhondo kuti tizipeza mapepala okhalira mdziko muno ai ndipamene akut abweretseni kuli mafarm azizalima eishh ulimi wake womweuja odalira khasu

  20. Kuphunzira ndikofunika koma Boma lilibe ntchito dzoti adzalowe . More people who works in south africa are well developed than other pple who works for gvmt it is their choice of their future.

  21. Encourage them with love not judging them, there is some people in Malawi that doesn’t want to c other people getting better education than them

  22. Mine is just a question to this Reporter/Editor or….i dont even know what to call U,Why is every story that U cover is either from Mzimba or Mzuzu? Is your media house a national one or provincial? Have U been sent? i just wanna know…

  23. Mine is just a question to this Reporter/Editor or….i dont even know what to call U,Why is every story that U cover is either from Mzimba or Mzuzu? Is your media house a national one or provincial? Have U been sent? i just wanna know…