Morogoro regional education officer, Eng. Joyce Baravuga made the call over weekend when speaking to villagers in Doma village, Mvomero District.
Doma village is one of the villages in the district affected by the pastoralists-farmers’ conflicts.
Baravuga said it’s high time for the two communities to unravel their differences and stick to developmental issues by ensuring their children are enrolled in schools.
The officer’s remarks came after realising that there are only three children from pastoralist community who were enrolled for Standard One in 2018/2019 academic year. Two out of the three children were enrolled at Doma Primary School and one at Ng'wambe Primary School
This came after the pastoralist community agreed that there will be no child in their community who will be enrolled in this academic year, for the reason that farmers are being favoured by the government.
“It is the basic right for a child to go to school. So, there is a need for parents to take their children to school irrespective of their socio-economic background,” said Baravuga.
“Your misunderstanding, have nothing to do with education of your children,” she said, adding: “It doesn’t make sense for an area with more than three thousands households to enrol only three children for Standard One.”
Doma Primary School head teacher, Evarist Kitea said: “As per international convention, every child has the right to an education, which is more than just a fundamental right; it helps pave the way to a successful and productive future.”
He encouraged all parents from pastoralists or farmers to enrol their children at the school, because education is one of the basic rights.
Regional academic officer, Raphael Mpangala formed a special team involving both parties—farmers and pastoralists to sit down and come up with solution to the current challenge.
Mpangala suggested the need for adopting zero grazing as a remedy to the land conflict, which has been there for years.