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See the attached Training Report on Behaviour Change and Sexual Reproductive Health Right, conducted in Shinyanga and Kishapu District Training_SRHR.pdf  

Stop Child Marriages Project, Annual Report 2014

In this annual report Agape AIDS Control Programme looks back on the achievements, challenges and lessons learnt from the period of January 2014 – December 2014. The report was primarily discussed and written during the organizational annual general meeting in December 2014 by different department teams. The creation of the report is therefore a part of Agape AIDS Control Programme’s internal learning process as well as our external reporting requirement. The aim of writing the report is to reflect on the progress of the organization work, success and lessons learnt and share with its donors, partners, fellow practitioners, stakeholders and well wishers. It is hoped that everyone will find something that is meaningful in it.

In 2014 Agape AIDS Control Programme secured funds for implementing “Stop Child Marriages Project in Kishapu and Shinyanga Rural Districts in Shinyanga Region” funded by Terre des Hommes Netherlands based  in the Hague supported by Dutch Government. The beneficiary of this project is a child/youth who is a victim of early marriage/pregnancies and those at risk of early marriages/pregnancies with an age range  of 12-17 years and in need of prevention and protection from early marriages/pregnancies through education support, adolescent support groups, SRHR services, vocational training, Reproductive training to adolescent girls and boys in and out of schools, temporary shelter and child protection system strengthening through child protection teams (Ward-District level), paralegals and school committees’ project support, community sensitization using various programs like cinema, dialogues, meetings, drama, roll playing and trainings.

Agape AIDS Control Programme has also faced some challenges in the past twelve months (January – December 2014) as outlined in this report. Primarily, Agape AIDS Control Programme has continued to face challenges in shortage of funds, lack of real information on child marriages from various community leaders, culture and values still hindering factor to stopping child marriages, lack of transport facilities, and corruption in existing law enforcing bodies.

In order to sustain the gains already achieved and scale up interventions, the national response to Stop Child Marriages requires concerted efforts and commitment by all stakeholders. It is our sincere hope that this report will provide very useful information for stakeholders to build on the achievements and use available opportunities for better programming of Child Protection interventions.

View full report AGAPE_ANNUAL_PROJECT_REPORT_2014.pdf

Agape AIDS Control Programme among other activities engages in legal aid provision to the marginalized communities including children and women. See the attached Report on legal aid services LEGAL_AID_SERVICES_REPORT_AGAPE_AIDS_CONTROL___PROGRAMME_AACP_.doc

Briefly Report on School club meetings conducted in 20 schools were Stop Child Marriages Project Implemented

The Stop Child Marriages Project being implemented by Agape AIDS Control Programme ni the Districts of Kishapu and Shinyanga Rural has among other programs or activities resulted into the formation of 60 school clubs with more than 900 members (453 girl children and 452 boy children) whose main theme is to create awareness and sensitize school children about their rights, responsibilities, ill health effects of child marriages and child pregnancies and the means through which they could be reporting incidences of child marriages and child pregnancies to the responsible local authority and school managements.

The formation of School clubs was aimed at strengthening the child protection system at the school and village level so that children get reliable protection from their surrounding communities. In order to enhance child protection system at schools, teachers and school committees were trained on extra-curricular life skills and child protection so that in turn each school could develop a school child protection policy and get it bound on the open notice board so as school children, teachers and community members internalize the does and the don’ts as far as child protection is concerned.

Likewise, at each school, two teachers were chosen to be guardians of the school clubs of which their role is to make sure that school clubs meeting time table is followed sustainably. With this regard, AACP Field Officers have to visit school clubs at each quarter of the year to see if there is any incidence of violence against children reported and actions taken up on perpetrators. Also the follow up is intended to assess the level of awareness from children as a result of school clubs formation and the way forward.

School clubs meetings conducted in this second quarter of 2015 were aimed at evaluating the midterm period of implementing the Stop Child Marriages. Interviews with Head of Schools revealed that there are tremendous decrease in incidences of child marriages and pregnancies at their schools and hence school attendance and academic performance among school children are gradually improving. Absenteeism cases are decreasing day after day due to education provided through school clubs and other community interventions implemented by Agape AIDS Control Programme.

Lastly, teachers recommended that there is a need for Local authority at the Village and Ward Level to prohibit habits of some parents who leave their children loitering during the nights watching Video and playing Disco. Strict by laws should be imposed against such parents with poor parentage. They also requested AACP to continue educating school children and the entire community about abandoning bad traditional practices. There are other Organizations like Save the Children International, UNESCO, and EQUIP Tanzania which positively participate in changing the communities for the Wellbeing of children in some same schools.

School Clubs Meetings Commencement and Field Findings

Fieldwork monitoring and Evaluation and Incidences identification tools were used both to Head of Schools and School clubs members to solicit information about child marriages, child pregnancies, school drop outs and prolonged absenteeism among school children. The findings from both teachers and school children revealed the reality that incidences of child marriages, pregnancies, school drop outs and absenteeism have decreased. In most of the schools there is no new incidence of such cases. The time base for the information collected ranges from October, 2014 to April, 2015. The contributing factors for these good results are school clubs and Public Cinema Van Shows. According to Head of Schools, they normally present incidences of violence against children to the Ward and Village authorities for action. However, no strict measures are taken to eradicate such matters. Funny enough three children of a Hamlet Chairperson of Nyamikoma Hamlet, Buchambi Village at Mondo Ward are chronic absentees as reported by the Head teachers. “We have called him several times but have never turned up”, said the Head Teacher of Buchambi Primary School. Repoort_on_School_Clubs_Follow_ups__1_.doc

 

Briefly Report on Meetings with Village Development Committee/Ward Development Committee/ Ward Child Protection Teams/ and Traditional leaders (January-May 2015)

Agape AIDS Control Programme (AACP) is a local Non-Governmental Organization with her head offices in Shinyanga Municipal in Shinyanga Region and it is undertaking different programs among others been provision of legal aid services to vulnerable groups, prevention of  GBV and early marriages, Child and youth protection. In early January, 2014 Agape has secured funding for two years (2014-2015) from Terre Des Hommes Netherlands supported by Dutch Government to implement a child protection programme of “Stop Child Marriages Project in Kishapu and Shinyanga Rural Districts”. Indeed, the beneficiary of this project is a child who is a victim of child marriage and children at risk of child marriage and in need of prevention and protection from child marriage through education support, adolescent support groups, vocational training, temporary shelter and child protection system strengthening through child protection teams (Ward-District level), paralegals and school committees’ project support.

One among the project activities is quarterly meeting with VDCs/WDCs/WCPTs with the aim of discussing how to develop the child protection system within their localities. In April 2015, Agape AIDS Control Programme conducted a sharing meeting with Village Development Committee, Ward Development Committee, Ward Child Protection Teams, and Most Vulnerable Committees from 20 villages covered by stop child marriages project. The meeting agendas were developed in accordance with the previous meeting which was done in January 2015.   The meeting agenda includes the following:

  1. Opening remark  – Ward Councilor 
  2. Introduction  – Visitors 
  3. Organizational and project profile to newly elected WDC/VDC
  4. Project implementation report (January 2014 – December 2014)  
  5. Discussion  –
  • What went well during the 1st year of implementation of stop child marriages project?
  • What was done by WDC/WCPT/VDC members in order to ensure child protection and stop child marriages?
  • Which strategies developed by WDC/VDC/WCPT for the year 2015 to ensure child protection and stop child marriages?
  • How WDC/VDC/WCPTs involved in addressing the issue of student dropout?
  • What Agape AIDS Control Programme supposes to do in 2015 as a last year of implementation of stop child marriages project?
  • What are the strategies developed by WDC/VDC/WCPT members to address the cross cutting issues i.e.  HIV/AIDS, Killings of people with albinism and elderly people?
  • Enrollment of other victims of child marriages, classes will begin at 1st June 2015
  1. Other issues out of the main agenda
  2. Closing

Opening Remark

In all 10 wards the opening remark were done by ward councilors from the respective ward, expect for Samuye, Mondo and Kispapu Ward were village chairperson acting as Ward Councilor.  During the opening remark ward councilors appreciate the efforts done by Agape AIDS Control programme to fight against child marriages in their localities. As said by Chausiku Salum-ward councilor of Iselemagazi that “Agape plays a great role in educating our communities issues regarding child protection and effects of child marriages so it’s our duty to take that as a lesson and continue fighting against child marriages”

Introduction

WDC/VDC/WCPTs were introduced themselves and position that they hold within the community, then Agape AIDS Control Programme staff members introducing themselves and position that they hold within the organization.

Discussion–What went well during the 1st year of implementation of stop child marriages project?

From the discussion, the following issues were mentioned as good things which was done in the period of January 2014 December 2014e

  1. The large number of victims supported to pursue vocational training at Buhangija FDC
  2. Educational support to girls at risk of child marriages
  3. Awareness to the communities on issue of child protection is very high and community members are now understand the harmful practices of child marriages
  4. Follow up on child abuse cases i.e. pregnancies case was very productive hence arrested of alleged perpetuator, a good example is head master of Lyabukande Secondary School who was arrested after impregnated 13 students
  5. School clubs build confidence to students/pupils and enable them to understand their basic rights and report incidences of child marriage cases
  6.  This project also sensitize children on the importance of education and help to reduce school dropout
  7. At the beginning we thought the issue of fighting against child marriages is government responsibilities through Ward Executive Directors and Village Executive Directors but through Agape we came across and understand that all community members are responsible to ensure girls’ children are safe from child marriages and early pregnancies.
  8. Parents are sensitized to send their daughters to school
  9. As a result of this project, community members are now aware on the rights of children and they play a significant role to ensure child protection
  10. As a result of community awareness campaign, child marriage cases are reduced, for example out of 10 wards which WDC/VDC/WCPTs meeting were conducted its only 1 ward we found 3 cases of pregnancies and zero cases of child marriages
  11. Public meetings and Video sessions were done well and good and through these activities community members are now aware on the rights of children.
  12. Support of startup capital to groups of victim help them to start their income generating activities
  13. Child marriages and early pregnancies cases are reduced compared to past years i.e. this year 2015 no new cases reported and this is a result of Agape under stop child marriages project
  14. Train students on Sexual Reproductive Health Right was very useful component for children to understand their body status
  15. Training to teachers and community leaders were very useful and help teachers to be close to their students and understand their issues

Discussion - What was done by WDC/WCPT/VDC members in order to ensure child protection and stop child marriages?

  1. WDC/VDC/WCPTs developed by laws to ensure child protection and to deal with perpetuators of child marriages and early pregnancies i.e. one among the bylaws developed by Iselamagazi WDC states that “it is strictly prohibited for a girl child to attend wedding ceremony and escorting brides” , other one states that “children’s are not allowed to get out of their home places beyond 06:00 pm if found hanging out in villages beyond that time parents are questionable”
  2. WDC/VDC/WCPTs take the issue of child marriages and early pregnancies as a common agenda/cross cutting issue on WDC/VDC/WCPTs meetings
  3. WDC/WCPTS/VDC together developed a contract of ensuring that children’s registered in schools are suppose to study and finalizing the standards required by ministry of education and vocational training and that contract is signed by headmaster and parents/caregiver of the respected children
  4. WDC/VDC/WCPTs developed a bylaw that “Every school children is supposed to were school uniform all the time while in school”
  5.  WDC/VDC/WCPTs also sensitize community members through public meetings on the effects of child marriages and early pregnancies and they agreed to continue doing so
  6. WDC/VDC/WCPTs uses local security “sungusungu” to ensure child protection in their localities and these “sungusungu” are used to implement the started by laws
  7. WDC/VDC/WCPTs play a role in identifying victims of child  marriages and push them to Agape AIDS Control Programme for support
  8. WDC/VDC/WCPTs collaborate very closely with headmaster and head teachers to ensure children’s are protected from violence, also  headmasters and head teachers are members of WDC/VDC/WCPTs  so everything planned they are also involved.

Discussion - Which strategies developed by WDC/VDC/WCPT for the year 2015 to ensure child protection and stop child marriages?

  1. Continue educating community members on the effects of child marriages
  2. Continue sensitizing communities on the importance of education to girls children
  3. Continue working in collaboration with other actors on child protection to fight against child marriages and early pregnancies
  4. Continue implementing developed by laws
  5. To work closely with local security “Sungusungu” to ensure children’s are not participated in night clubs/bar and not participated in Video Shows during wedding ceremonies
  6. To work closely with Police Office to arrest all the alleged perpetuators
  7. Visit parents who have children’s and their children are not going to school to sensitizing them to send their children’s to school.
  8. To formulate village committee to fight against child marriages and child pregnancies
  9. To plan several sensitization meeting to community members on issues pertaining child protection
  10. Continue working closely with social welfare officer to ensure victims of child marriages are supported by Agape AIDS Control Programme

Discussion – How WDC/VDC/WCPTs involved in addressing the issue of student dropout?

  1. WDC/VDC received a report on student dropout status from headmasters and head teachers and work upon it by making follow up to respective students
  2. Most of the parents have a tendency of lying that their children are sick, so WDC/VDCs developed by laws which state that “if the student is not appeared in school for a single day then his/her parent is supposed to pay 500 Tsh as a penalty”
  3. To take parents to court for legal procedures if they fail to send their children to school

 Challenge: Most of school dropout cases take so long to end and consume a lot of money in making follow up which sometimes Ward Executive Director fail to proceeding with that case  

Discussion - What Agape AIDS Control Programme supposes to do in 2015 as a last year of implementation of stop child marriages project?

  1. All 10 visited WDC/WCPTs/VDC/MVCCs asked Agape AIDS Control Programme for project extension
  2. WDC/VDC/WCPTs members asked AACP to support boys and girls children especially those who came from vulnerable families
  3.  Agape AIDS Control Programme to continue sensitizing community members on the harmful practices of child marriages and early pregnancies
  4. WDC/VDC/WCPTs asked Agape AIDS Control Programme to support graduated victims of child marriages who taken vocational studies with sewing machines so as to enable them to start their own income generating activities
  5. WDC/WCPTs/VDC asked Agape AIDS Control Programme to continue sensitizing community members on issues pertaining child marriages through Video Cinema Shows
  6. WDC/VDC/WCPTs asked for more training on child protection, advocacy strategy and community mobilization
  7. WDC/WCPTs/VDC asked Agape AIDS Control Programme to scale up its intervention and cover the whole Shinyanga Region and that can end child marriages
  8. WDC/WCPTs/VDC asked Agape AIDS Control Programme to continue making follow up on the cases reported in the court even if after the end of the project so as to see justice is done and victims of child marriages get their right
  9. WDC/WCPTs/VDC asked Agape AIDS Control Programme to continue participating in WDC/VDC meetings even if the project ends to give advice to WDC/VDC members on issues pertaining child protection.
  10. WDC/WCPTs/VDC asked Agape AIDS Control Programme to continue sensitizing parents on the importance of education to their children’s
  11. WDC/WCPTs/VDC asked Agape AIDS Control Programme to continue training entrepreneurship skills to all supported victims of child marriages so as to enable them to change the knowledge that they have into business
  12. WDC/WCPTs/VDC asked Agape AIDS Control Programme to continue support victims of child marriages and those at risk
  13. WDC/WCPTs/VDC asked Agape AIDS Control Programme to establish paralegal centers in every village around Shinyanga Region.

Discussion - What are the strategies developed by WDC/VDC/WCPT members to address the cross cutting issues i.e HIV/AIDS, Killings of people with albinism and elderly people?

HIV/AIDS

  1. Home Based Care teams developed to provide services to HIV victims and distribute condoms for prevention of HIV/AIDS
  2. Sensitization committee were developed in the villages to sensitize community on importance of checking their body status

 Killings of People with Albinism and Elderly People

  1. WDC/VDC conduct identification exercise to their respective areas to know the number of people with albinism and elderly people and identify witch doctors who are operating in their localities
  2. To formulate hamlet security committee which is responsible to ensure people with albinism and elderly people are protected and to identify new comers in their localities
  3. To establish by laws which prohibited witch doctors conduct illegal local screening by using their charms and other magic tools 
  4. Monthly meeting with hamlet/village security committee to discuss security  issues within their localities
  5. Collaborate with religious leaders to sensitize community members on stop believing magic things  
  6. Elderly people are not allowed to stay alone in the household
  7. Every guest is supposed to be registered in a special book which is governed by hamlet leaders, it is strictly prohibited for indigenous to receive guest without telling hamlet leader

Enrollment of other victims of child marriages, classes will begin at 1st June 2015

After that discussion, Agape AIDS Control Programme focal person explain to WDC/VDC/WCPTs members that enrollment of other victims of child marriages who wants to pursue vocational training that 3rd round classes will begin at 1st of June 2015 and those who wish to join the programme are supposed to list their names to VEO/WEO before 25 of May 2015.  

TAARIFA ZA MRADI WA KUWASAIDIA VIJANA WAUZA CHIPS KUPATA STADI ZA BIASHARA NA KUTENGENEZA MATOROLI YA CHIPS ZINAZOTEMBEA (MOBILE CARTS VENDING CHIPS PROJECT)

Mradi huu ulikuwa unatekelezwa na Shirika la Agape AIDS Control Programme na ulikuwa unafadhiliwa na Shirika la Kazi Duniani (International Labour Organizatio-ILO) Kupitia Foundation For Civil Society (FCS). Lengo kuu la Mradi huu lilikuwa ni kuwawezesha vijana kujipatia kipato kwa njia ya kufanya biashara hususani biashara yenye ubunifu. Bajeti ya Mradi huu ilikuwa Milioni Kumi na Sita (16,000,000 Tshs au 10,000 USD).

Mradi huu umefanikiwa kufanya yafuatayo:

1. Kufundisha vijana wajasiliamali wauza chips juu ya Ujasiliamali na namna ya kuanzisha biashara na kukuza biashara. Mafanikio Vijana 43 wajasiliamali wauza chips kutoka katika Manispaa ya Shinyanga walifundishwa juu ya Ujasiliamli na namna ya kuanzisha biashara Mpya na kukuza biashara walizokuwa nazo.

2. Kufundisha vijana wajasiliamali wa chips namna ya kuunda/kutengeneza matoroli ya chips yanayotembea. Mafanikio Vijana 43 walifundishwa namna ya kutengeneza matoroli hayo na matatu yalitengenezwa ambapo Mkuu wa Wilaya na Kiongozi wa Mbio za Mwenge alipata nafasi ya kukabidhi machine izo kwa vijana hao wajasiliamali

3. Kufundisha vijana wajasiliamali wauza chips juu ya kujenga mahusiano mazuri ya kibiashara na taasisi za kifedha na zile za kiserikali. Mafanikio Vijana 38 walihudhuria mafunzo hayo ya siku 2 katika ukumbi wa katemi hotel na tayari watatu wamepata mkopo kupitia CRDB na wengine 5 wamejiunga kwenye kikundi kupata mkopo kutoka VISION FUND

4. Kusaidia kuunda kikundi cha vijana wajasiliamali wauza chips. Mafanikio Vijana 40 wajasiliamali kutoka katika manispaa ya Shinyanga wameunda kikundi na kupata usajili kutoka manispaa ya Shinyanga ofisi ya Maendeleo ya Jamii

Agape AIDS Control Programme in 2014 collaborated with Human Right Watch _Women Division from New York USA to undertake a research namely   “No Way Out,” Child Marriage and Human Rights Abuses in Tanzania, Amongst other things, the research examines how child marriage severely limits girls’ access to education, exposes them to exploitation and violence-including marital rape and reproductive health risks. It examines the gaps in the child protection system, the lack of protection for victims of child marriage and the various obstacles they face in attempting to obtain redress, as well as risks that girls face when they resist marriages. So far AGAPE Participated during the launching of that report and a lot were discussed by several local and international organizations that can be used to address the issue of child marriages in Tanzania and AGAPE take that as a lesson learnt to improve its strategies to end child marriages in Shinyanga Region.

If you want to end child birth and pregancies in Schools (primary and secondary school) give them (the children/students) voice by capaciting them with knowledge and let them into groups so as to have bound voice of SAYING NO to all forms of child abuse. Have a look on this picture below on how we meet the pupils, students or children and youth in schools and teach them on child rights and facilitate formation of groups for raising their voice against all forms of child abuse in schools and out of schools.

"Our Legal and Child Protection Officer behind with the pupils at Zagalubaga Primary School, teaching them on their rights as children"

In discussing the first Draft National Constitution of the United Republic of Tanzania on August, 2013 Agape Aids Control Programme through its formed constitutional forum with  100 members, Agape was able to organize and run the forum for three days 26.08.2013 to 28.08.2013 under sponsorship of Foundation for civil society (FCS) which was attended by 84 members that is women, men and young girls and boys had an equal opportunity too to participate and 15 of all members attended the forum they were people living with disabilities. Below is a group picture of some of the forum members and agape staff at the Butamo Conference Hall, Simej Hotel in Shinyanga Municiapal. Note that the Youth and women should be given equal chance in our localities to participate and take active stake in various decision making process to ensure their rights and deceisions are taken into consideration by competent authorities.

 

The Kenyan Daily Post


BIZARRE: 14 year old MARRIED forcefully as seventh wife in Trans Nzoia

The Kenyan DAILY POST County News 00:54

 

Friday 26th September 2013 - A 14-year-old-girl from Kimasa area in Trans Nzoia County was forced to seek refuge at a police station in the area after she escaped from a forced marriage.

The class seven pupil was forced to be a seventh wife to a 65-year-old-man. Her mother forcefully married her off after the man gave her Sh 1,000 as dowry and promised to build her a semi-permanent house.

According to neighbours, the mother of five had problems taking care of her children and when opportunity arose she did not hesitate. She married off the girl being her first born daughter so as to get money to take care of her siblings.

However, the girl wanted to continue with her studies and after a night at the man’s house, she ran away. She sought refuge at a nearby police station.

The OCS said that the mother is being hunted after she escaped arrest. The girl has been taken to a children’s home where she will be able to continue with her studies.

The Kenyan DAILY POST
 
 
 
 

1 comments for BIZARRE: 14 year old MARRIED forcefully as seventh wife in Trans Nzoia

  1. GIVE BIRTH WITH PLAN NOT LIKE PANYA, UCHUMI NI MBAYA NOWADAYS.

 

"Support our efforts and programmes dedicated at ending early pregnancies, early marriages and forced marriages" --------- Agape Aids Control Programme (AACP) - Shinyanga, Tanzania and you can have access of our contact at our contact page of our website: www.envaya.org/aacp/ . Early pregnancies, marriages and forced marriages is a very serious problem in our contemporary world and all of us we need to work in a very collaborative manner to address the problem, below is a picture showing a group of 30 young mothers/young women who are victims of early pregnancies and forced marrieges from Chibe and Lubaga wards in Shinyanga Municipal attended a reproductive health rights training organized by Agape on early last quarter under support of tdh ch of based Basel, Switzerland.