Tema: Youth Panel Tanzania

UN Photo by Milton Grant

In real sense African girl child development is still a day dream and full of squabbles. The efforts and campaign to raise the girl child in Africa is full of policies and propaganda with no implementation. Girl child development in Africa is unevenly distributed, only in big cities and towns not in rural areas. Hence creates classes and inferiority complex among the girls in many African societies.

Taking Tanzania as an example. The government tries to empower a girl child by providing equal chances in education from primary education to higher education. Also by reducing girl child violence and to make them accepted. But all these are done in cities and towns like Dar es Salaam, Mwanza, Arusha and others. But in rural areas a girl child has no value this is due to some social cultural practices which expose a girl into forced marriage, female circumcisions, no freedom of press, no right of inheritance and possession.

On the other side of a coin the United Nations through the Millennium Development Goals. Has pushed much for the development and value of the African girl child. United Nations has assisted the countries to promote Achieving Universal Primary Education to all children through its goal number TWO which focusing on  ensuring that all boys and girls complete a full course of primary schooling. Also African countries have promoted Gender Equality and Empower women through the UN goal number THREE with special priority on eliminating gender disparity in primary and secondary education. These two UN goals at least seem to have positive impact to the African girl child development currently and form a good future.

To sum up “every one is important we as youth must support each from zero to hero, from no body to some body, from nothing to something!». We must convince both Government and Non Governmental Organizations in supporting of a girl child development. Let our societies learn the importance of a girl child through our selves (young people). To achieve this we must create a strong cooperation among our selves world wide”.


Photo by Peter Prokosch / GRID Arendal

It is a high time for Tanzanians, Norwegians and the entire world to have long-range plans on the use of the physical environments. Our attitudes and immediate concerns must seldom encourage us to formulate plans that consider the needs of human kind for more than two or three generations to come. In this, we will be using our world environment sustainably.

Using environment sustainably means meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. We cannot stop people from using the environment because environment is part and parcel of the human daily lives and survival. What is needed is to use them sustainably and carefully without causing any big harm or regret in the future, they need to be protected by making good policies, laws, by laws, binding agreements etc.

We should all join our efforts individually and collectively to ensure that the next generation does not regret living in this world. Mahatma Gandhi once said,” You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”

So we as young people, we need to ask ourselves: what change do you wish to see today and in the coming generation?

Our world environment needs each one of us! although at a moment only a few are concerned in conserving it. We should not wait until it is the 5th June (World Environment Day) so that we can show care to the environment, we need to make it a habit/proudly life style to conserve our environment every day and not on special occasions only!

Moreover, we must keep in mind that our survival rely on environment because there is where we get clothes, food, water, fresh air and even enjoying nature etc.

As young people, we need to develop good skills, changing some of negative mindsets towards keeping environment and our systems/governments form good policies and accumulate resources and motivate it very loudly in favor of our environment.

Since Charity begins at home, it is necessary to begin making people aware of the importance of using our environment sustainably starting from home to the entire public world wide since the environment is for everyone and it is everywhere.

It is our duty as young people of today to protect it, let’s change every negative attitude we have that challenge us to favor our environment and then we can change others too by being the role models.

If all this is done successfully, people in the next generation including our young brother/sisters surrounding us in the streets or at home will easily adopt our way of looking at environment and they will not suffer and instead they will enjoy a good quality of life.

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There are estimated 100 million children living in the streets in the world today, and that number is increasing constantly. Children living in the streets are very vulnerable to victimization, exploitation and abuse of their civil and economic rights.

Many governments, non governmental organizations and members of the civil society around the world have increased their attention on homeless and street children as this population continues to grow.

None the less, more action is necessary considering the adverse economic conditions of many countries, and most importantly international plan to provide basic housing really needs to be developed.

In 1992, United Nations issued a resolution on the rights of street children, and the acts violence against them. The resolution called for internal cooperation to address the needs of homeless children and for enforcement of international child rights laws.

Based on the current situation, I would like to encourage my fellow youth in taking action towards combating this situation. It is possible for us as young people to take part in different initiatives e.g. start joining initiatives which are strongly meant to help street children, raise awareness by educating ourselves through reading books, listening to media special programs share with our peers/friends, colleagues, students, teachers, family members and encourage others around you to do the same. We can do something for our young brothers and sisters!

Most people feel inferior and discriminated just because of their colour. To a certain extent this has caused people not to reach their intended goals, thinking that they can never become successful because of their race. That’s not true! Anybody can achieve, only if a person believes he or she can do it and put all efforts in achieving it.

There is a silent stereotype in the minds of some people in Africa of feeling inferior especially when it comes to reach developed countries’ developments, some think just b’se of their race they can’t, the vice versa applies to the developed countries as well e.g. some countries in Europe, America, Asia etc.

This effect has occurred due to the effect of colonization that took part in African continent during the 18th and 19th century. This ideology in our minds has been there since our fore fathers during colonization, it has greatly affected the minds of many until today.

But we have to understand that, colour doesn’t justify anything to anybody; but what justifies you is yourself, your characteristics as a person. Nobody in our life of today can fail in life or should be discriminated or offended just because of his or her colour but what offends you is your character.

Achievements and success for anybody is possible if you work hard to obtain it. Don’t let the ideology kept in people’s minds that because of your race or colour you can never attain development. Anybody regardless his or her colour, background, lifestyle or position can reach his or her intended goals.

Foto: UN Women

In most part of the world women are highly empowered, even in Africa there has been a great empowerment of women in various sectors.

Nowadays they have obtained high positions in the government sectors, even allowed to participate in making decisions concerning various matters in the societies.

But that isn’t enough, in several areas of my country, Tanzania, there is only a few percentage of women that have been empowered, most of them in our societies especially those who don’t understand their rights are been humiliated, oppressed and discriminated. Misknowledge of their rights has caused them great effect in their lives.

In some societies like the Maasai, Chagga and Sukuma women aren’t allowed to make any sort of decisions regarding their life or society. Also in other areas like in Maasai region, Mara region women are been circumcised; this is a great humiliation and inhumanity action performed to women and it has contributed to the death of so many women in the society.

Also women aren’t allowed to be educated and if they are educated they only obtain primary education or domestic education. Women in the society aren’t allowed to inherit any sort of property that is of their right to possess. Women also aren’t allowed to employ themselves in any activity so as to sustain their life; women are only regarded as the cares of babies and performers of home chores.

Women are been inherited as some wife again after the death of their husband and in most of our societies women especially young girls are been forced into marriage to a person they don’t know and of greater age than them.

The cause of this humiliation, oppressions and discrimination to women is due to negative ideology found in most of the men in our societies. They think that women are inferior and can not perform anything that will benefit the society.

We ought to remember that a woman is the source of development in a society. And empowering a woman is empowering the whole society and nation at large. Educations should be provided to women so that they can understand their rights and importance in the society. Also men should abolish their ideology towards women and instead empower them in various activities.



The 5 young blog writers from Tanzania. Photo: FN-sambandet

The young people of Tanzania will take part in and join Norwegian youth on the “UNGDOMSPANELET” program from the 1st of October 2011.

Previously, the program has been conducted within the Norwegian youth society, where 5 young people were appointed by FN-sambandet to post articles on the blog, where other young people in Norway have been able to add their comments to express their views on the matter raised. Topics raised are focused on United Nations, Social and International Affairs.

The main purpose of this program is to help young people of the two countries to understand the importance of international cooperation, and encourage them to be active participants in the world society.

FN-sambandet of Norway and Tanzania are collaborative partners in the FK Exchange Program, and through that cooperation, it was agreed to have the youth of the two countries onboard.

This program will also provide a platform for Southern youth to raise their voices on the digital arena!

More than 500 young people of Tanzania were reached when introducing the program in 7 schools.

It has been almost a month since the 5 Tanzanian students received training on writing and posting on the blog Ungdomspanelet. These 5 young people will be joining other youth to post on the ungdomspanelet blog from the month of October 2011.