African Child’s Day

The African Child Day is celebrated annually on June 16th since 1991. It was an initiation by the Organization of African Unity (OAU), honoring the 10,000 children in Soweto who demonstrated against poor education, hundreds of who were shot. The day forces us to think of present-day challenges for African children such as low education standards and a lack of children’s rights. Humanitarian missions use this day as a tool to encourage communal participation in protecting child’s rights.

In the Kilimanjaro region we participated in two districts; Moshi Municipal and Mwanga. In Moshi Municipal, the guest of honor was the District Commissioner who was replaced by District Administrative Secretary, Angelina Marco, together with the Social Development Officer of Moshi Municipal Council Rose Minja, Senior Government Advocate Tamari Mndeme represented the Attorney General, and Municipal councilor Michael Mwandezi.

Children participated by performing various exhibitions to identify the talents they have in delivering a message of violence. There were children who sang songs about violence, practicing domestic violence and affecting the lives of children, children living with disabilities expressed if they are given the opportunity of how they are able to do good things. They represented different activities that they are doing in their center.

Development Officer provided training for the children who attended the celebrations. The training was about the rights of the child, the responsibility of the child, what is violence, the forms of violence and how, were to report cases of child abuse that have been done to them.

District Administrative Angelina Marco had the opportunity to speak about Africa's activities. He talked about the issues of violence and thanked the government for recognizing child abuse. He also spoke of the presence of a child protection team from regional to village to work in order to reduce child abuse. He also insisted on parents and caregivers to spend more time with their children instead of spending time in improving economically. Additionally, the official guest managed to address the issue of female towels to enable those children who lack school-based education for lack of self-regulatory schooling and asked the Social Development Officer to have a support system to provide access to female towels in order to reduce or eliminate the problem in schools

In Mwanga district, the children had the opportunity to prepare a speech that they read before the guest of honor. The children spoke of issues on child abuse in Mwanga district and asked for the government to intervene in order to secure their rights. They talked about the need of playground on their schools where they don’t have place to practice sports which makes them lose their talent.

The ward protection committee of Mwanga that was trained by the AJISO with the support of PROBONO Schools of Partnerships for One World gave their sincere thanks to the organization and talked about how they provided education and children to begin to identify themselves in some of the schools they were able to deliver. They asked the district head to look at the possibility of child protection teamsto build capacity at all levels from the district to the village in order to avoid all the issues of violence.

Ward officer of Mwanga Township Salim Marijuani praised the government for providing free education in schools. He also asked the District Commissioner to have a look in the sector of children attending tuitionlessons where the parents have to provide a small amount for the extra time that the teachers provide to their children during holidays will be one way of reducing child abuse issues.

MwangaDistrict Commissioner had time to talk to children. He promised children that they would stay with the office and discuss the presence of playgrounds in schools to be built in order to save children's talent. He told the children in Mwanga district there is a football team called Mwanga football. He described to the parents who were present at the celebration the role of parents and teachers to develop.

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