Parents urged to form close bond with children

TANZANIA, Dar es Salaam THE government has pleaded with parents and guardians to establish closeness with their children for their self-development and wellbeing.

Acting Dar es Salaam Regional Administrative Secretary (RAS) Ms Husna Nondo issued the call in Dar es Salaam on Thursday during a youth stakeholder meeting organised by World Vision Tanzania, aiming to come up with concrete measures to empower the group economically.

Ms Nondo said parents should collaborate in parenting young people by forming a close bond with them, something which will avert moral decay among them in the society.

“Let’s be close to our adolescents for them to be able to open up on their troubles…this will help to prevent the children from engaging in unpleasant situations,” said the acting RAS.

She further cautioned parents and guardians to stop the habit of letting their children sleep in the same room with visiting relatives in their homes.

According to her, the world is changing so fast, therefore any possibility that may endanger children’s well being will be dealt with keenly.

Besides, Ms Nondo commended World Vision for introducing the Accelerated Hope and Development for Urban Adolescents (AHADI) project, being implemented in Dar es Salaam and Dodoma regions, with a goal of empowering and enhancing behavioural change of in-and-out-of school adolescents between the age of 15-19 years.

Thus, she encouraged the World Vision to continue with the task, calling upon the organisation to extend the age of the beneficiaries up to 35 years so as to empower all young people generally.

Ms Nondo urged the youth to take advantage of the council’s 10 per cent interest-free loans to further boost their incomes as well as gain financial independence.

Earlier, the Executive Director of World Vision Tanzania Mr James Andite had called upon adolescents to enroll into the AHADI project for their lives to be improved.

Mr Andite revealed that the organisation is steering a dialogue to improve implementation of the project, along with using findings of the research in building entrepreneurship skills among adolescents.

For his part, an economist from the Canada High Commission to Tanzania Mr Stephen Kijazi said the government of Canada gives priority to youth economic empowerment and it supports the World Vision in provision of formal and informal education to adolescents in enabling them to lead their lives.

“Young people can be empowered through formal and informal education according to the environment they are in and the challenges they go through, with the aim of supporting them to cross the adolescent age with the needed intelligence to handle their lives,” he said

A beneficiary of AHADI Project, Majid Hamis from Mburahati Ward in Dar es Salaam thanked World Vision and the government for enabling them to get training and interest-free loans in refining their lives.


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