Chief Mnukwa of the Ngoni in Chipata district of Eastern Province has officially communicated to his village headmen over his decision to provide him with data on the status of children in their respective villages.
Chief Mnukwa states that it is important for him to have information on how many children are in school and also those that are not in school.
He was speaking in a telephone interview with ZANIS in Chipata.
The traditional leader further stated that the move will assist children – both female and male – to be in school because the report will compel the headmen to state why the children were not in school.
“I have communicated with the village headmen and in the next two weeks we will kick off our programme where the headmen will start availing reports so that in the next ten years we will have children who will have completed their grade twelve and are able to make informed decisions for themselves,” he stressed.
Chief Mnukwa said the move to compel the headmen to submit monthly reports will have a general effect towards development of the children and will curb early marriages and reduce the number of school dropouts.
He noted that 15 years from now, issues to do with health, roads and delivery of other social services will be heightened in the area once the children are able to complete their education.
The traditional leader said he will ensure the programme succeeds where both parents and village headmen are held responsible for the improvement of the welfare of the children.
Last month, Chief Mnukwa gave a directive to his village headmen to submit monthly reports on the status of children in the area in an effort to curb teen and early marriages with intent to keep them in school.