Namibian President Hage Geingob on Monday urged traditional leaders not to allow for the archaic cultural practices of child marriage and child labor.
Geingob was speaking at the opening of the 22nd Annual Meeting of the Council of Traditional Leaders in Gobabis, east town of Namibia.
He reiterated how important it is for traditional leaders to identify and discourage child marriage and ensure that children live freely and safely.
“Rather identify such practices and vigorously discourage them, by bringing them to the attention of constituency councillors or the governors in your regions, so as to ensure our children all receive education that will help them to become productive citizens of Namibia,” he said.
According to the most recent Sustainable Development Goals baseline report released last month, Namibia has made steady progress in reducing early marriages.
“In general, early marriages are declining in Namibia as noted in the reduction on women married by the age of 15 from 2.2 percent to 1.6 percent between the years 2000 to date,” the report said. Enditem