Malawi: Evangelicals in Malawi Train Young People in Vocational Skills – ‘Stop Child Marriage’ Project

As one way of ensuring economic empowerment among the youth, Evangelical Association of Malawi (EAM) through ‘Stop Child Marriage’ (STOM) Project has trained about 307 young people in various vocational skills in Ntchisi District.

The youth from all seven Traditional Authorities (TA’s) in the district have acquired skills in tailoring, carpentry and joinery, motor-cycle mechanics, hair saloon, welding and fabrication among others, according to their preferences.

Danish Church Aid in partnership with Press Trust, Teveta and Evangelical Association of Malawi are implementing the ‘Stop Child Marriage’ project in the district which is aimed at contributing to the reduction of child marriages as well as the sustainable development of their households, communities and the nation at large.

Speaking in an interview with Nyasa Times, the project Coordinator Amos Chibwana said the main components of the project include provision of secondary school bursary to young adolescent girls and young women mainly those that dropped out of school.

Chibwana said they also provide vocational skills training; and inclusive community advocacy activities targeting adolescent girls and young women withdrawn from child marriages and those who are at risk of child marriages.

He said they decided to train the youth in the district as one way of providing them with skills which they can use for survival in life.

“We are very satisfied with the impact of this project, because we have seen many young girls starting their own businesses after the trainings and they are now able to support themselves and their families. However, this work of ending child Marriages needs collective efforts and we need more partners,” he said