Educate community members on the ills of child marriage.
- The strategy engage the community of girls, boys, parents, government officers, the private sector, religious leaders and groups, and conducting education and sensitization forums to help them understand the ills of child marriage
- The strategy geared to enhance/incorporate education with behavioral and mindset change that is beyond existing awareness strategies.
- The strategy highlights the physical and psychological illness/effect caused by child marriages which include but not limited to lost educational opportunities, economic insecurity and continued poverty, contracting HIV/AIDS or STIs, unable to have a career, teen pregnancy, miscarriage, maternal mortality, infant mortality, verbal abuse physical and emotional abuse, sexual abuse, lack of autonomy and psychological distress.
- The system of reporting child marriage incidences which include the specific helpdesks, call centers, and a hotline for child marriage.
Help the community to learn that child marriage is not a solution to poverty
- Cooperate with private sector to establish interventions for the community to learn that child marriage is not a solution to poverty. People should also learn that there are other means to reducing poverty than through cultural practices such as bride price.
- Educate societies about the alternatives of income generating activities- provide entrepreneurial skills, use local government leaders, traditional leaders.
Empower girls to understand what is right for them
- Educate girls at all levels and ensure that girls have access to education at both primary and secondary levels.
- Empower girls to be able to say ‘no’ to sexual persuasion and early marriage.
- Empowered girls by give them the right support and mentorship skills, which will lead them to delay marriage and understand the problems associated with child marriage.
- Emphases on the role of parents in instilling values against child marriage, treating boys and girls equally, and seeing the value of educating all children.
Strengthen education and learning environments for girls in both rural and urban areas
- Establish/improve programs that will facilitate school children to stay longer in schools and limit school dropouts which may lead into child marriage. Such programs include school feeding, reliable and favorable transport to long distance schools, and hostels for girls.
- Instill a mentorship programme to create awareness on sexual and reproductive health education in schools, by using existing clubs and opening new ones. It will educate students about their rights, responsibility, health and advocate returning to education
- Advocate and distribution free sanitary products to girls in all schools.
- Mentor male champions in the community to advocate for girls education rights and campaigns against child marriage.
Provide sexual and reproductive health education.
- Sexual health education in both schools and communities for a wider reach
- Sexual Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) access to both married and non-married youths. SRHR education which focus on girls in marriage, girls not in marriage, boys and male adults
- School standards 5 to 7 and O Levels will receive education on child marriage.
Undertaking further research on the identified knowledge gaps on early marriages and violence against women.