Traditional leaders in Nyanga embark on an anti-child marriages program

Josephine Nyamwanza |  1 year ago | local

Traditional leaders in Nyanga have embarked on an anti-child marriages program to fight the scourge which has been spiking during school holidays. Chief Saunyama said there is urgent need to sensitize both the children and parents on the importance of education so as to retain a high school attendance rate following an upsurge in school dropouts owing to early marriages. According to the Zimbabwe Statistics Agency (Zimstat), nearly 34 percent of girls under the age of 18 are married countrywide and two percent of boys also get married before reaching the age of 18.