Arusha introduces special desks to protect children    

21Nov 2020
Marc Nkwame
The Guardian
Arusha introduces special desks to protect children    

​​​​​​​ARUSHA has pioneered efforts to establish and endorse special desks in schools and other public institutions   as platforms to advocate children rights as well as helping to fight against gender based violence.

Arusha Regional Administrative Secretary, Richard Kwitega.

The first symbolical desk was inaugurated here during the occasion to mark the Universal Children Day, with pupils and students from all parts of Arusha gathering in the city to issue declarations regarding their demands for basic rights in homes, schools and around respective communities.

The nearly 300 children from different schools, institutions and child-focused organisations conducted debates, dramas, recitals and even songs to reinforce their voices to be heard, provided for and inclusion into decision making platforms in matters likely to affect their wellbeing.

The Arusha Regional Administrative Secretary, Richard Kwitega graced the ceremony held at Arusha primary school, saying according to government statistics, 50 per cent of the country’s population is made up of children of  18 years old and below.

“And because Tanzania’s current population estimates have reached 56 million people, then the nation should be made up of more than 25 million children which is quite a large number and one which should not be ignored,” pointed out RAS Kwitega.

The World’s Children Day event in Arusha was held at the Arusha school community hall under the organisation of SOS Children Villages, in association with local schools, World Vision as well as the Centre for Women and Children Development.

“This is the only occasion in which children get  to speak, heard and express their concerns, complaints and demands before parents, teachers and government officials,” explained Mpellya Ali the SOS Youth and Children Rights Programme coordinator.

The annual World Children’s Day was first established in 1954 as Universal Children's Day. The event is observed on the 20th of November each year to promote international awareness and unity among children worldwide, with the mutual aim of improving younger people's welfare.

November 20th is also described to be an important day because this is the date when the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child in 1959. It is also the date that the UN General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child, 30 years later in 1989.

Since 1990, the World Children's Day also marks the anniversary of the date that the UN General Assembly adopted both the Declaration and the Convention on children's rights. Read More...https//

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