Tuesday, 29th June, 2021, Malawi Parliamentary Women’s Caucus has commemorated the Day of the African Child which falls on 16th June every year by putting on school uniforms with the aim of encouraging girls to work hard in their studies.
The Speaker of Malawi Parliament Catherine Gotani Hara led the female MPs in commemorating the day.
In commemoration of the Day, the Minister of Gender, Children and Community Welfare Patricia Kaliati requested the Parliamentary Women’s Caucus to put on primary school uniform and use the occasion to disseminate messages about girl child education.
Women cabinet ministers and deputies as well as women MPs put away their suits and national wear for the Day and deliberated on Parliament proceedings while in school uniform.
Speaking at Parliament, the Speaker said the female Members of Parliament decided to celebrate the girl child in style as all MPs are where they are now because they went through education facilities.
“We stand with the girl child and we want to encourage them even with the challenges that they are facing, they should still persevere and work hard,” Hara said.
The International Day of the African Child was commemorated under the theme “30 years after the adoption of the Charter: Accelerate the implementation of Agenda 2040 for an Africa fit for children.”