Dodoma RC pushes for extension of basic education

Dodoma RC pushes for extension of basic education

DODOMA Regional Commissioner Anthony Mtaka has urged children's rights activists to advocate for extension of basic education to Form Six level as a more effective measure to protect a girl child.

The RC said the children rights activists who are pushing for amendment of the Marriage Act, 1971 for 18-year benchmark for marriage, they should also advocate changes in the education system so to make it compulsory for children to go to school up to Advanced Level of Secondary education.

He called for increased awareness  in the society  especially in counselling  girls  and come up with best ways  of supporting  them to complete their education.

The best way was to extend the basic education from standard seven to form six, he said over the weekend at an award giving ceremony for winners of an essay competition with the special topic ‘Early Pregnancies and Child Marriages’ in the Dodoma Region.

The competition was organised by World Vision with the participation of other non-governmental organisations, officials, police, and children's rights stakeholders.

He recommended that the basic education should be compulsory up to form six level where most children graduate at the age of 17, nearly to maturity with jam-packed awareness.

On the other hand, RC Mtaka asked the clerics in mosques and churches to preach about issues related to economics and join efforts to end violence against women and children.

World Vision campaign coordinator Geofrey Kisimba said that the purpose of the essay competition was to make children aware and protect themselves from the menaces of early pregnancies  and child marriages.

Mr Kisimba said the competition was launched last month and has already covered 12 regions and 27 districts where more than 35,000 students participated from 545 primary schools.

The coordinator called upon the government to complete the process of amending the marriage law of 1971 because it is a thorn in the development and prosperity of the girl child.

 One of the winners of the competition, Leah Saimoni from Msebenzi Primary School in Bahi District, said participation in such competitions opens the door for learning and realising the consequences of getting married or having children before reaching adulthood.

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