In pursuit for a just and safe environment that fully respects and upholds child rights, stakeholders banged heads against the use of corporal punishment on children. Bwalo La Ana Youth Active Community Organisation (BLAYACO), says the fight against corporal punishment on children is a possible fight if stakeholders collaborate in the fight.
This was disclosed during a research talk that was organised by UNIMA Faculty of Law Child Rights Clinic on 10th of February 2022, in Zomba, Malawi. The event was graced by the guest of honour Priscilla Thawe, acting director of child rights at the Malawi Human Rights Commission. Also, in attendance were, Desire Child Development Centre, Associate Professor of Law Dr Garton Kamchedzera, Child Rights Clinic Supervisor, Bettie Mlauzi (Unima Child Rights Clinic President), students drawn from various faculties and Samuel Kamanga representing BLAYACO.
Among several research papers presented, the executive director of BLAYACO presented a paper on the status quo of corporal punishment in Malawian primary schools and further, together with fellow colleagues at the research talk, shared insights on the vice and solutions guarding against the use of corporal punishment because of the affront to the child’s dignity.