Mediation sought to save troubled Tanzania kids

DAR-ES-SALAAM, (CAJ News) – AFRICAN leaders have been urged to intervene and shield Tanzanian children from denial of education by government and sexual and physical abuse by teachers in schools.
Authorities have also been implored to end child marriages and child labour.
Human rights groups have petitioned the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare ahead of a key meeting this week.
According to the groups, in 2016, 27 percent of girls aged 15 – 19 were expelled from school after found to be pregnant. This followed compulsory pregnancy testing that violated the rights of the girls.
Since 2012, more than 1,6 million children have been barred from secondary education due to their primary school results.
Sexual abuse and harassment against girls are widespread in Tanzanian schools by teachers and on the way to school by bus drivers and adults while corporate punishment exposed the minors to torture by educators.
It is reported Tanzania has high child marriage prevalence rates, with almost one girl out of three marrying before 18 years.
Over 36 percent of young women between 20 and 24 years old were married before the age of 18.
Meanwhile, child labour is rife at gold mines where children are forced to work having been denied education.
They work under extremely difficult condition and are exposed to deadly mercury.
Girls in and around mining sites face sexual harassment, including pressure to engage in sex work.
Human Rights Watch said most of the setbacks it had established through research in the East African country were an affront to the rights of children as stipulated in local and African charters.
“We look forward to engaging with the committee during Tanzania’s review,” the rights group stated.
CAJ News

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