Malawi has one of the highest rates of child marriage in the world (University of Zurich et al. 2018). According to UNICEF approximately 42% of girls marry before the age of 18 and 9% below the age of 15. Early marriage robs girls of decision-making power on their lives and bodies, it disrupts their education, and they are more vulnerable to violence, discrimination and abuse.
The Journey4Life curriculum focused on stopping early and child marriage, promoting healthy behaviour in young people in Malawi, delaying their sexual debut and using contraception.
Trainer4Life Khumbolane and the volunteer peer facilitators – called Champions4Life – celebrated together with the young people in the schools. They have been delivering the programme during the last school term. Each student received a certificate and they gave performances about the challenges they face with negative social norms.