Advocacy

Advocacy club is a friendly and safe environment for children to talk about their rights, address their challenges and perform activities that intends to promote child rights awareness. These clubs are organized, led and managed by children themselves. GNTZ formulated 21 advocacy clubs in primary (16) and secondary schools (5) in Dar es salaam and Pwani Regions.

The objective of advocacy club is to increase awareness on child rights and gender equality to children and adults in the communities. The advocacy clubs have helped girls and boys to have self -confidence to speak out among peers, family and in the community for their rights and impact other children. The main activities under advocacy clubs are conducting weekly club meetings where they learn about child rights and gender equality, they develop child right and gender equality messages for IEC materials like postures, writing in the advocacy note board which are hanged in the school walls and outside in the trees, conducting child rights class dialogues, preparing and sharing child rights and gender equality speeches during schools’ assembly meetings, preparing songs, poems and dramas etc for performing as school level and community level like during the organized events, parents meetings, child celebration days etc.

SUCCESS STORIES

Forced Early Marriage and Pregnancies

Neema Joseph aged 16 years old is a form three student in Fukayosi Secondary School, she joined GNTZ advocacy clubs since she was standard five in Kidomole Primary School in 2017 (Fukayosi CDP). Fukayosi Secondary School founded in Bagamoyo District in Pwani Region where the challenge of gender inequality is highly prevailing comparing to other places in Tanzania. The girls in Fukayosi village have been going through the challenge of forced early marriage and pregnancies, being prepared as bride from early age and performing much of home chores that limit their time for doing their school home works, playing and rest. Neema witness that, being in GNTZ advocacy clubs it was and is a good opportunity for her to discover herself, knowing her rights and become confident, free and hope to achieve her dreams. During the interview with her when GNTZ staffs visited them in their weekly club activities, she was quoted saying that “if I could not be joined GNTZ advocacy clubs, I could have been engaged into early marriage or early pregnancies and I could not reach to that education level. Some of my friends who we are in the same age have already married and some ended up in miserable life. Through club activities i learnt my rights and responsibilities as well as self-determination. As a girl self-independence is very important, and it help me a lot to speak out and not convinced to engaged into bad behaviors. I wish every girl in Fukayosi to hear about child rights and gender equality education and free themselves from discriminatory and outdated cultural practices. GNTZ is intending to continue operating advocacy clubs in Fukayosi so that can help many boys and girls like Neema Joseph to have self-esteem and help to have generation that is inclusive and people in a society are treated equality.

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Achievements

Increased awareness on child rights and gender equality

 to children and adults around 500,000+ in Dar es salaam and Pwani Regions through child clubs.

Child Rights & Gender Equality

Formulated 21 child rights and gender equality advocacy clubs in primary and secondary schools. The clubs are organized, led and managed by children themselves.

Distributed child rights and gender equality IEC Materials

 like postures, billboards, stickers etc to schools and communities. The contents are developed by child clubs.

Conducted child led-campaign events in schools and communities

 on child rights and gender equality