Grappling with the question of who is best placed to support the development of citizen and professional protectors, and how to do so.
As a nation we are failing to grasp the fact that demotivated teachers have the ability to destroy a whole generation of children. By and large teachers are committed to their profession and to delivering quality education, but they are being set up to fail. In doing so we sell our children and our country short.
Children receive the bare bones of an education, rather than anything that would equip them to thrive in a modern complex society. We have to ask ourselves “Is something really better than nothing, when it comes to formal education?”
Rebecca Gyumi of the Msichana Initiative filed an application before the High Court of Tanzania in Dar-es-Salaam (Miscellaneous Civil Cause no 5 of 2016) through which they challenged the constitutionality of the provisions of the Law of Marriage Act (Cap 29), specifically Section 13 and 17 that allow for a girl under the age of 18 to be married. The matter was placed before a bench consisting of Principle Judge S. A Lila, Judge S. S Kihio and Judge A. A Munisi
As a result of Dr. McAlpine’s groundbreaking research into the worldview of Tanzania child protectors CCR has learnt that people who decide to protect children do so because they possess a distinct moral capacity, that she calls the Ujasiri mindset. Ujasiri literally means ‘bravery’ or ‘confidence’ in Swahili. In protectors it manifests as a strong empathetic resonance with others, a belief that children are blameless and are angels, a hope that they will pay forward the help that they receive, and a moral drive to try and do the right thing.
CCR is supporting the Arusha City Council to model a child protection system that is sustainable and replicable and that illustrates the policy of decentralisation in action.
We have been working with the Arusha City Council to
- Support professional development programmes directed at frontline workers, managers and supervisors responsible for delivering child protection services.
- Equip representatives from Arusha LGA to lobby for funding for child protection services, lead child protection services and ensure performance. And to
- Pilot, evaluate and improve a one-stop centre and program of after-care for children who are victims of violence.