Currently, some of the CBOs are unable to adequately deal with problems facing children over lack of technical support hence the need for the government to capacitate them.
The remarks were made here yesterday by national child protection manager for SOS Children's Villages Tanzania, John Batista during a policy meeting on the roles and responsibilities of CBOs in engaging and influencing children issues at local government authorities (LGAs).
“The country lacks a proper system for dealing with children problems, this requires the government to rectify the situation by ensuring presence of a strong foundation for children who are the nation’s future workforce,” he noted.
According to Batista they also work to educate the community on the importance of changing their mindset towards violence against children and consider it as a crime or pandemic that may ruin the well-being of people.
Assistant Community Development Officer in Mhandu Ward in Nyamagana District, Mwanaidi Nasoro said there are still many cases related to violence against children in the area with most of them recorded between January and June this year.
Mwanaidi added that authorities have started to take measures to arrest the situation. She said most of the children in the district have experienced torture, rape and sodomy among others.
“The various forms of violence against children disturbs them psychologically and spoil their future,” said the officer.
SOS Children's Villages Tanzania has a policy dialogue which is implemented in three East Africa countries including Uganda and Kenya. The project also involves other partners such as HORIZONT 3000, Care International and Caritas.
The overall aim of SOS Tanzania is to prevent child abuse in line with national strategy to eradicate violence against women and children.
Participants of the meeting included development officers from 18 wards of Nyamagana District, representatives from children councils, care givers, youth councils, CBOs para-social workers, ten cell leaders and journalists.