Children's Agenda

The Children Agenda Program (’CA’) run by UNICEF and several NGO’s in Tanzania offers several internship & volunteering opportunities for local Tanzanian and overseas participants. Art in Tanzania is implementing the program in Zanzibar Stone Town, Kinondoni District in Dar es Salaam, in Moshi in Kilimanjaro and in Karatu and Masai Land in N’gorongoro as well as in Robanda village in Serengeti. To run the program we need large number of interns in the sectors of:

  • Social Work (program planning, implementation, reporting, training)
  • Education Sector (teachers etc)
  • Health & Medical & HIV AIDS (All sectors of medical & health professionals)
  • Social Media (Journalism, photographing, film making, music and sound)
  • Program Management & Reporting (Development Studies, NGO networking)
  • Grant Writing (to assist the funding of the program)

On top of the excellent internship/volunteering placements as above the volunteers & interns will learn how the NGO’s are networking in developing country. The Children Agenda Coalition includes large organization as UNICEF, United Nations Information Centre, Plan International, Save the Children, SOS, and World Vision among others. All these CA member NGOs network to support eachother to implement the CA tasks. The chairperson of the umbrella is the Ministry of Community Development, Gender and Children (‘MCDGC’).

Art in Tanzania is implementing the program jointly with the CA NGO’s, local governments and our partner Universities as University of Dar es Salaam and Moshi University and we also have Finnish, USA and Canadian Universities sending interns to help us.

The CA program's first phase is from 2012 to the end of 2015.

1. Background of Children’s Agenda

The Children’s Agenda (CA) is a coalition of organizations, government and other partners who are committed advocates for child rights and are collaborating on the development and implementation of a national advocacy strategy for child rights in Tanzania. The Children’s Agenda creates a context for collective advocacy for child rights among government, civil society organizations, development partners, the media and the private sector. While organizations have tended to reserve public campaigns for advancing individual brands, collaboration on child rights advocacy is more cost-effective and likely to have a more significant impact than any organization operating alone. Collaboration can also help to ensure national reach and impact of the child rights advocacy agenda.

The Top Ten Investments for Children define the core messages and focus of the Children’s Agenda. The Top Ten were identified following a consultation process involving children in many regions as well as with government, CSO and other partners. The Top Ten investments include:

  1. Invest to Save the Lives of Children and Women
  2. Invest in Good Nutrition
  3. Invest in Better Hygiene and Sanitation in Schools and Health Facilities
  4. Invest in Early Childhood Development
  5. Invest in Quality Education for all Children
  6. Invest to Make Schools Safe
  7. Invest to Protect Infants and Adolescent Girls from HIV
  8. Invest to Reduce Teenage Pregnancy
  9. Invest to Protect Children from Violence, Abuse, and Exploitation
  10. Invest in Children with Disabilities

The key advocacy messages included in the Top Ten Investments for Children provide scope for partnership with virtually all organizations working with and for children in Tanzania. Some CA partners focus on advocacy around one dimension of a particular investment in one or two communities – other organizations may work across a number of investment areas, or cover all ten areas across a number of regions and/or at national level.

The Children’s Agenda aims to provide the tools and build capacity to enable organizations to advocate more effectively in whichever investment area they support. The strategy does not define what any organization should do or focus on in regard to the Top Ten Investments. It seeks to empower organizations to advocate more effectively for child rights and in partnership with other organizations working in a similar field and/or in the same geographic location.

Key strategies focus on four main objectives:

  1. Building capacity and strengthening the coalition for child rights advocacy among civil society partners
  2. Establishing child rights partnerships with Parliamentarians and Councilors
  3. Building capacity and establishing partnerships for child rights with the mass media
  4. Strengthening and expanding opportunities for sustainable, quality participation of children as advocates for their rights.

Within these frameworks, MCDGC, UNICEF and CA partners have developed the Children’s Agenda Memorandum of Understanding.

2. Top Ten Investments

The following Top Ten Investment areas are the focus of the Art in Tanzania work in the CA program. The following includes short description how we implement the tasks.

2.1. Invest to Save the Lives of Children and Women

  • Health & Hygiene training in the schools
  • Nurses and Doctors & other medical personnel in the local hospitals
  • Training the local governments and political decision makers
  • Social Media through Fiesta magazine, short documentaries and music
  • Focusing to improve Sanitation in the schools and neighborhoods
  • Training of the local governments and politicians
  • Local government budgets and implementation
  • Social media efforts

2.2. Invest in Good Nutrition

  • Teaching nutrition issues in the schools
  • Social media through Fiesta magazine, short documentaries and music
  • Making this as agenda of the Children Councils
  • Training of the local governments and politicians
  • Local government budgets and implementation
  • Social media efforts

2.3. Invest in Better Hygiene and Sanitation in Schools and Health Facilities

  • Focusing to improve Sanitation in the schools and Health facilities
  • Training of Sanitation & Hygiene in the schools
  • Making this as agenda in the Children Councils
  • Local government budgets and implementation
  • Social media efforts

2.4. Invest in Early Childhood Development

  • Nursing activities
  • Home visits for training the mothers & baby care
  • Nursery schools
  • Local government budgets and implementation
  • Social media efforts

2.5. Invest in Quality Education for all Children – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

  • Teachers to nursery, primary and secondary schools
  • Improving facilitation in the classrooms as power, furniture, computers, books etc.
  • Backup of the students felling behind the studies
  • Nurturing special talents
  • Improving the right to study for all the children
  • Making this as agenda of the Children Councils
  • Local government budgets and implementation
  • Social media efforts

2.6. Invest to Make Schools Safe

  • Improving the Sanitation facilities
  • Implementing the school nurse activities
  • Improving constructural mishaps as open electric wires, weak structures etc.
  • Making this as agenda of the children councils
  • Local government budgets and implementation
  • Social media efforts

2.7. Invest to Protect Infants and Adolescent Girls from HIV

  • HIV AIDS seminars
  • Proposed movable HIV clinics to the villages
  • Local government budgets and implementation
  • Social media efforts

2.8. Invest to Reduce Teenage Pregnancy – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Training in the schools
  • Information occasions in the communities
  • Local government training
  • Social media efforts

2.9. Invest to Protect Children from Violence, Abuse, and Exploitation

  • Training in the schools
  • Children councils
  • Local government training
  • Social media efforts

2.10. Invest in Children with Disabilities

  • To provide teachers to the disabled children classes
  • To invest in facilitation to teach the children with disabilities
  • Local government budgets and implementation
  • Social media efforts

3. Implementation

Art in Tanzania will implement the program jointly with the NGO partners supported by UNICEF and MCDGC. Art in Tanzania interns and volunteers will support the program as detailed in Paragraph 2 and following sub paragraphs 1-10. We need to focus on the following key activities:

  • To develop a detailed implementation plan at all our operational locations
  • To give proper job descriptions to the interns and volunteers to participate
  • To seek & recruit the volunteers and interns to implement the program
  • To report the program development
  • To further develop the program according to the feedbacks of the implementation
  • To seek funds for the program implementation
  • To manage the program sub sectors and the whole program
  • To cooperate intensively with the partner NGO’s and Universities and related entities

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