Poverty and its effects on Children and Youth, Tanzania, January 2012

Africa

Workshop on poverty, its causes, roles of stakeholders in eradicating it.

lliance Francaise, Dar es Salaam
  Date – 25th January, 2012
  Time – 14:20 – 16:05 Hours
  Number of participants – 79 Peace Clubbers
  Age group – 14 – 18 years
  Religious communities represented – Christian, Muslim
  Facilitators of the consultations – Gadi Kalugendo, One Stop Youth Center
  Main topics addressed – Poverty, its causes, roles of stakeholders in eradicating it.
  Type of event – Forum

  Contributions –
• The incapability to access basic human needs such as food, clean water, health services, shelter, clothing etc.
• Over 100 million children worldwide are living without shelter
• Most victims of Poverty, dying in masses from hunger are children and women.
• Poor nutrition from Poverty results in major diseases with no access to health services. Poor nutrition affects the development of children contributing to poor performance in educational environments. Additionally, educational systems for children and access to quality education are reduced.
• Poverty accelerates conflicts and wars when people scramble for resources.
• Poverty eradication should focus on providing land to poor people since use of land is the main tool in combatting poverty.
• Tanzania is worsening in aspects of combatting poverty -the difference between the rich and the poor is high and if not handled could lead to conflicts.
• Habit of Tanzanians against reading needs to be changed.
  Quotations from children (translated in to English)
• Nickson Sunday (Azania Secondary School)
i. It is not true that our poverty is caused by laziness of African people, history shows Africans were made slaves working but not gaining the rewards.
ii. The problem here is how the national cake is distributed, it should be distributed for all and our industries should be revived.
iii. The studies in all levels should be conducted in our national language, international language hinders us much.
iv. The infrastructure rehabilitation should be highly prioritized.
• Nasra Salehe (Zanaki Secondary School)
i. We have the problem of understanding our rights which goes at par with our responsibilities, in our schools for instance, students are complaining of a lot of things, but themselves are failing even to clean their toilets which is their duty.
• Bakar (Benjamin Mkapa Secondary School)
i. We are failing in focusing and emphasizing in imparting education to our children (prepare them well since childhood). In Japan, children are equipped and become able to be employed when they reach 15 years of age.
• Zuberi Juma (Mnazi Mmoja Secondary School)
i. We should make sure ourselves that each and every person is paying all taxes required, and then make proper follow-up on the usage of our taxes.
  Challenges
• Limited time
• Media should be engaged to ensure greater majority of people receive the information