Our ‘My School, My Voice’ project has been working closely with children in local schools to further improve their awareness of child rights. By doing so, they are empowered to raise their voice to advocate for the rights of their classmates in peer-to-peer clubs.
A significant majority of children in Tanzania have come forward to say that they have experienced violence and abuse, and they have no obvious person to approach for support or advice. The 2011 Violence Against Children in Tanzania report presented violence against children as a serious problem in Tanzania, with nearly 3 in 10 girls and approximately 1 in 7 boys having experienced sexual and physical violence before turning 18.
In light of this alarming fact, we continue to work with schools and communities to raise awareness of child rights, and to strengthen child protection systems at both levels.
In the last three months we have worked with the Social Welfare Department as well as the Gender and Children’s Desk to hold child protection training to a total of 120 teachers, parents, school management committees and local government leaders across Moshi Rural and Urban. We aimed to inform on the different types of child abuse, and how to respect and report abuse cases. We also formed five child protection teams in the local community, the members of which all play a role in protecting children. With children as members of the teams as well, we hope the teams will help to hold duty bearers accountable for promoting child rights and protecting children from violence.
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