3 August 2015

Malawi: Rastas Resurrect On Calls for Dreadlocks in Primary Schools

For some time now members of the Rastafarian community in Malawi have been calling on the government to allow their children attending public schools in dread rocks, before a new school calendar starts in September.

The Rastafarian are pushing for the matter citing that they started the calls in 2012,but have not been fed with any feedback from the capital hill and believe that igniting the calls now may help bring change ahead of the new term next month.

Speaking with Malawi24 Ministry Education Spokesperson Manfred Ndovi indicated that they will consult them before 7th September.

In 2011 during the late Bingu wa Mutharika era, government asked primary school teachers to allow the pupils in rocks to attend classes.

However the implementation did not go further following the death of the president in April 2012.

According to the leaders of Rastafarian community, dread rocks are part of their beliefs and that the ban violates their freedom of worship and the children's right to education.

One of the leaders, Ras Judah was quoted by local press years back as having said that government needed to recognize every religious belief and that Rastafarian beliefs were no exception.

In the same vein, legal experts have been arguing that the ban really is a violation of the two rights as cited in the of Malawi.

The Rastafarian marched in 2013 as they petitioned government on the matter through Lilongwe District Commissioner to allow their children attending public primary school in dread rocks and they warned him that the failure could give them power of taking the issue to president.

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