The history of the children and youth of Tanzania

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Children Drawn Into Sex Trade
By Alakok Mayombo, IPS, 27 April 1998. Poverty and sexual abuse in the home are among some of the factors driving more and more Tanzanian children into the sex trade. Research conducted by the Tanzania Media Women Association (TAMWA) in three regions of the country indicates that girls as young as nine are engaged in commercial sex.
Over 205,000 School Drop Out Joined Informal Sector
TOMRIC Agency, 3 May 2000. The Tanzania Federation of Free Trade Unions (TFTU) has said that more than 205,000 school age children who have dropped out of studies have been absorbed by the informal sector in various areas in the country. Illiteracy is again on increase and more and more parents choose not to enroll their children in schools.
ILO Steps in to Help Tanzania Stamp Out Child Labour>
Panafrican News Agency, 3 August 2000. The International Labour Organisation is helping Tanzania confront an escalating child labor problem, involving over 25,000 kids. Hazardous conditions of labor include mines and quarries, commercial farms and commercial sex. The program will withdraw the children from such labor and reunite them with their families.
NGOs Seek Long-Term Settlement Of Street Children
African Church Information Service (Nairobi), 15 January 2001. Information suggests that the number of street children remains extremely high. The rising number of working children is a new phenomenon in Tanzania. One of the factors affecting the supply of child labour is the high cost in real terms of obtaining an education. Many working children face significant threats to their health and safety; the majority are involved in farming.
Poverty Turns Tanzanian Children to Labourers
By Alpha Nuhu, Panafrican News Agency, 18 January 2001. Poverty, and a mistaken belief that education is no longer valuable since it does not guarantee salaried employment, is destroying Tanzania's future generation. Thousands of the country's children abandon schooling and join tea plantations and mining centres as full-time casual labourers.
ILO Earmarks US$3m to Fight Against Child Labor
By Joachim Mwalongo, TOMRIC News Agency (Dar es Salaam), 15 June 2001. The sum will be released by ILO following Tanzania's ratification of the Prohibition and Immediate Action for the Elimination of the Worst Forms of Child Labor. The government was currently finalizing its policy on a child's age so that at an age of 14, a child might be engaged in child work in Tanzania.