CHILDREN in the northern part of Tarime District, Mara Region have every reason to smile following formation of a Child Protection team (CPT) that is intended to safeguard their rights.
The CPT has been established and facilitated by Children Dignity Forum (CDF), a local firm with its headquarters in Dar es Salaam. It is under a programme called 'Mobilizing Actions to Safeguards Girls Rights'. " The aim of the team is to ensure that children are not entering into risk environment as well as protecting their rights", Mr Joram Wimmo, incharge of CDF's programme in Tarime office.
According to Wimmo, the team will be working under the guidance of Tarime District Commissioner. It is comprised of officials from the police force, prison, social welfare, health, education and community development. The team will be targeting both male and female children in the entire district of Tarime where violation of children rights are also reported to be rampant as it is the case to other parts of the country.
Authorities in Tarime have hailed the new initiative being supported by CDF pledging full cooperation, government sources said yesterday. CDF is a local NGO striving to cut rate of child marriages, early pregnancies and female genital mutilation (FGM) in Mara region with Tarime district getting top priority.
The NGO is getting technical support from Forward UK and sponsored by COMIC Relief also from UK as well as UN Tanzania Inter Agency Group and UNFPA.