NEWS | N.G.O
By Lonjezo Idrissa
With high cases of Gender-Based Violence (GBV) among children in schools, Creative Centre for Community Mobilization (CRECCOM) conducted a research study on School-Related Gender-Based Violence (SRGBV) to primary schools in Chikwawa, Thyolo, Ntchisi, and Chitipa districts.
The research which was also conducted in Nigeria, Kenya, and Jamaica aimed at finding out the prevalence of SRGBV, identifying patterns of SRGBV among girls and boys in primary schools and the interventions that have been put in place to cub SRGBV.
Focus group discussions were the order of the day where children from 10 years and above were put into groups to express their views on SRGBV. The students were also asked to draw maps of their school premises to indicate places where GBV occurs.
During the discussions, it was learnt that at Makanda Primary School in Ntchisi district some female teachers who are on teaching practices harass boys. The students reasoned that one of the female student teachers was found with a student in class having sex and the student-teacher was dismissed.
Many students also reported that most of the male teachers are the perpetrators of sexual violence in such a way that they have sexual relationships with the students and this makes most of the learners fail to report cases of sexual harassment to the teachers.
It was learned that learners use the drug and substance abuse namely marijuana and Indian hemp which is also one of the major causes of sexual violence among students in school.
The Headteacher for Mpherere Primary School in Ntchisi district, Gerald Chizimu,49, expressed on the roles the police are implementing to reduce SRGBV cases in schools.
“Awareness sessions on GBV to the students on the forms of GBV, places where to report GBV incidences and also the introduction of reporting box in the schools are done by the police in schools to ensure that students are free from SRGBV,” said Chizimu.