Children’s Day: NGO calls for measures to improve welfare

AS the world marks the International Day of Children today, Save the Children Tanzania has called for putting children, their voices and demands at the centre of climate commitments and policies.

Speaking at a press conference in Dar es Salaam, yesterday, Save the Children Director, Ms Bester Mulauzi, also appealed for more investment in safety nets and other essential services such as school feeding programmes, to benefit the children and families threatened by the climate crisis.

The organisation further recommended the amendment of the education Act and its regulations to abolish corporal punishment in schools and promote the alternative means of disciplining.

“Save the Children will be ready to pilot the training and provide support to schools on the corporal punishment,” Ms Mulauzi stated.

Article 19 of the United Nations Convention on the Right of the Child (UNCRC) calls for the state to protect children from violence, abuse and neglect, bad treatment or exploitation by their parents or anyone else who looks after them.

Physical and humiliating punishment is among these abuses and violence inflicted on children and institutionalised by country’s laws and regulations.

In Tanzania, corporal punishment remains widely used both in schools and at home as a means of disciplining children and provided for in the Education Act of 1978 and its guideline.

In marking the International Day of the Children, the Save the Children organised an event in the city at which stakeholders aired their views ahead of the day.

In their joint statement, read by Rahabu Francis, Form Four student from Mianzini Secondary School they commended the government for its efforts for ensuring that children access education, health services as well as put in place systems for increasing children engagement such as children councils.

“We congratulate the government for formulating various policies and guidelines for protecting child rights,” the children said.

However, they asked for friendlier environment to enable children, especially those with disabilities to get education, including construction of enough classrooms, desks and train more teachers to teach such children.

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