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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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.