Strengthening children's rights and child protection
Child protection is an issue all over the world. With the aim of better protecting children from violence and abuse and making schools more child-friendly, PROBONO cooperates with experienced human rights and child protection organizations in Tanzania and Uganda.
Laws to protect children from violence and abuse exist in Tanzania and Uganda. But what about enforcement? Both schools and families lack knowledge about children's rights and sensitivity to potentially dangerous situations. Victims of violence and abuse often do not find access to help or do not even seek it. In many cases, fear of the perpetrators plays a role. But poverty also plays a role - in exchange for money, many victims and witnesses withdraw their statements.Read more
In our projects, child protection guidelines are developed and adopted at the participating schools. Children's rights clubs are established in which the students themselves deal with the topic of children's rights and child protection and in which they learn what rights they have. Experienced trainers show teachers pedagogical alternatives to the still widespread corporal punishment at school. Together with school administrators, teachers, parents and the relevant government agencies, functioning support systems are also established.
Many thanks to the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the TOOLS FOR LIFE Foundation, the Geschwister Zwier Foundation and the Annemarie Grosch Frauenstiftung for their support - asante sana!
Improving Child Protection in Schools in Tanzania: Teacher trainings
How should teachers react when children seek help? How can they intervene when their charges are in danger? In a two-day workshop, three schools dealt with such questions - in each case with the entire teaching staff. In role plays, teachers put themselves in the shoes of girls and boys seeking help. They critically examined their own reactions and considered the profound impact their behavior and decisions have on the lives of the children entrusted to their care.Read more
The conclusion of several participants: Something has to change. "Many students are also hurt by the way we treat them when they come to us for advice," said one teacher. That's why open and empathetic listening must be learned and strengthened above all, she says.
Many thanks to Engagement Global/ BMZ and the TOOLS FOR LIFE Foundation for their support!
Strengthening children's rights in Tanzania - at school, in families and in villages
Our child protection project in Mwanga and Monduli in Tanzania is primarily aimed at schools. But in improving child protection, it is very important that the entire environment of the schools is involved. This is the only way to bring about sustainable change. That is why our partner organization AJISO also works with representatives of village communities, traditional leaders and local authorities to raise awareness of the issues of child protection and children's rights.Read more
The project team also travels to remote villages and speaks directly with parents there. Sometimes AJISO also hires a troupe of actors who, with the help of short plays, bring the topic of violence against children onto the stage or onto the village square. It turns out that such plays are a good way to get into conversation with parents and villagers and to enter into the discussion about children's rights. This involves questions such as: Where does violence exist in our country? In the houses, in the village, on the road? What are the causes? What can we as a village community do about it? The goal: to involve parents and neighbors of the students at our project schools in the project and to make it clear that child protection does not end at the school gate, but must be enforced everywhere and by everyone.
Many thanks to the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the TOOLS FOR LIFE Foundation for their support!