Child Rights

Google Search
search the world wide web

List of NGOs in Malawi

Internationl Legal instruments

Children's Literature

Gone for a Walk by George Kayange

Children's literature can be one of the most effective tools in raising awareness on various child rights issues, including child labour, Health, Sexual Abuse, etcetera. Read an excerpt from Gone for a Walk on HIV/Aids.

You can also send in your manuscripts/writings on Child Rights or related issues to publish it here for FREE!.
Email Now!

Anything you need to know about MALAWI : ELDIS STATS

EDLIS Statistics Malawi

Learn how Creccom has contributed towards the quality of child education in Malawi.

Read the Committee On Rights Of Child 2002 Report on Malawi

HIV Aids kills thousands of youths in  Malawi.  USAID joined hands with PSI Malawi to bring change among the youth through the 'Youth Alert' Programme

World Vision Africa

World Vision Africa

World Vision's work in Malawi

Find out what World Vision International is doing in Malawi.


Worst Forms Report Malawai

See where Malawi stands in the  Worst  Forms of Child Labour Global Report  2002.

 Write to Us

Send in your comments, feedback or suggestions to:

Our Focus : CRIDOC Malawi


For the third year running, the New State House in Lilongwe has been playing host to a different kind of Parliament. Unlike the official version of Parliament which is unpopular for discussing trivia, the Children’s Parliament is known to tackle pertinent issues affecting the present and the future of this country.

The third children’s parliament, which finished its business this year on Wednesday, 20 August 2003, had deplored bad governance and corruption in the country, which the children said adversely affect the development and welfare of the children.

The 67-member parliament supported by United Nations Children F und (UNICEF), Action Aid, Save the Children Fund UK and Plan International also noted the lowering standards of education because of the introduction of free primary education.

On quality education, an issue raised by Alinafe Kasiya from Kasiya sub-Boma and supported by Steven Minora from Mulanje Central, the children attributed the low standards of education to the employment of unqualified teachers, the unstable school calendar, poor school facilities and mushrooming of private schools.

Read details in The Nation On-line, the Malawi's number one on-line news portal.


Line Eldring

Malawi has been seen to be one of the worst countries on African Continent when it comes to child labour practices, according to Line Eldring, author of the recently released report on Child Labour in the Tea Sector in Malawi (a pilot study). She observes that the "attention has especially been directed at the tobacco growing sector," and yet less is known about other commercial agricultural sectors, "as the tea sector, which is another major export sector in the Malawian economy."

Read the Full Report (pdf format)


George Kayange: Project Director, CRIDOC

WELCOME to the Child Rights Information and Documentation Centre [CRIDOC], a newly conceived initiative that seeks to provide access to information on child rights or related issues through Documentation, Research, Website and/or other ICT models.        

This website is still under construction and the project is still at a preparatory stage. I am frantically running up and down to raise funds for what i believe will be one of the most innovative child focused projects in Malawi. So don't be surprised that some of the things you read on this site may actually be in future tense, rather than in the present.

The project will have two main phases: The first is the On-line segment or Head Start, which will largely be based on the use of the Internet. Most of the information you are reading now constitutes the Head Start, which may not require as much funding as the second phase. All activities will be administered on the Internet rather than other means of communication. With the Head Start, i believe that we do not necessarily need to wait for full funding to kick-start the project.

The second phase is the off-line segment, which will comprise all other activities that do not directly involve the use of the Internet, such as the library (with books, printed reports and pamphlets,  newspaper clippings, video documentaries, a computer network, etcetera).

Special acknowledgement to the German Chapter of the Global March Against Child Labour for offering us a sub-domain and server space for free on their official website. We are also kindly appealing  for more support (in any form) from other like-minded  organisations, agencies, corporations and individual well-wishers in Malawi and from around the world. You could support us, for example, by making financial or material donation, information sharing or other technical support, or simply by posting your advert on this site.

For those who may be interested to sponsor the project, in part or whole, or may want me to share the project proposal with you, please do to not hesitate to contact me on any of the e-mails below.

Thank you for your interest in the project and in child rights issues. We hope you will enjoy navigating through the rest of our fledgling website.

George Kayange
Project Director

We at Child Rights Information and Documentation Centre [CRIDOC] believe that information is power. We believe that a developed society is an informed society. There can never be a meaningful development without a meaningful information exchange system.

News Updates

16 October 2003 (VOA News)
Kingdom Kwapata, 24, head of Malawi Human Rights Youth Network was recently among the African who received the Youth Action Net Award is was among the ten young community leaders from around the world who were honored for promoting positive social change in their countries. They received awards from – an interactive website created by youth for youth.

16 October 2003 (Nation On-line)
Fourteen out of the 47 children who were alleged to be practising witchcraft in Maone Area in Limbe last week attended special prayers at Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministry in the city. Pastor for the ministry, who asked for anonymity, said the prayers, which started on Monday, were supposed to have taken the whole week, but instead took three days to enable the children to attend school.


Women activists in Malawi have waged war against child labour saying it is one of the many forms of violence that women in the country suffer from. 


CLNS, managed by the Global March Against Child Labour, is an attempt to streamline the international flow of information on child labour and child education. It aims to raise key issues related to child labour and highlight the long neglected problems, as well as look for practical responses to solutions.


The Republican Constitution of Malawi

Malawi Constitution

Child rights are protected by  Section 23 of the country's Republican Constitution in Malawi.

You can also read other provisions affecting human rights.

Section 23

All children, regardless of the circumstances of their birth, are entitled to equal treatment before the law.
2. All children shall have the right to a given name and a family name and the right to a nationality.
3. Children have the right to know, and to be raised by, their parents.
4. Children are entitled to be protected from economic exploitation or any treatment, work or punishment that is, or is likely to -
a) be hazardous;
b) interfere with their education; or
c) be harmful to their health or to their physical, mental or spiritual or social development.


An event to be orgainsed by Global March Against Child Labour in May 2004 at Florence in Italy..

Children's World Congress on Child Labour

Child Labour | Education | Juvenile Justice | List of NGOs | Case Studies | Malawi Links
About CRIDOC| Documentation | Research | Privacy | Contact Us

Copyright © 2003 All rights reserved. Disclaimer
Site best viewed in IE 5.0+ at 800 x 600 resolution