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Print this pageTANZANIA: Children's Act passed

Date:

10/11/2009

Organisation:

Caucus for Children's Rights

Resource type:

News release


On 4 November, the new Act of the Child 2009 was unanimously passed by the Tanzanian Parliament.

A delegation from the Caucus for Children's Rights (CCR), a member for CRIN, was there to witness this important event and to share the delight with other CSO actors who have been lobbying for the Act. Significantly, the Act was passed with almost 80 per cent of the revisions that civil society had requested. Read the Position Paper submitted by the CSO task force for consideration in drafting the Act

The bill was tabled by the minister for Community Development, Gender and Children Magareth Sitta, who told the House: "The best interest of the child shall be the primary consideration in all actions whether undertaken by public or private social welfare institutions, courts or administrative bodies."

The act includes the right to name and nationality as well as clauses on parental duties and responsibilites, among others.

"A child shall have a right of opinion. No person shall deprive a child capable of forming views the right to express an opinion, to be listened to and to participate in decisions which affect his well-being," reads section 11 of the Act.

The Act contains the right to food, shelter, clothing, medical care including immunisation, education and guidance, liberty as well as the right to play and leisure.

The CCR had the opportunity to meet with representatives from the Parliamentary Committee for Community Development to explore collaboration opportunities to ensure that the law effects real change for children. A statement from CCR said: "The key challenges as we move forward are to ensure that this Act does not remain an empty gesture for children." It said there must be more lobbying for:

  •  Regulations that are practical and achievable and ensure that the terms of the Act can be enforced
  • Continual monitoring of the Act as it plays out on the ground, and advocacy for any amendements that may be needed
  • Financing of the Act with increased funding and staffing for the Social Welfare Department and juvenile justice agencies.
  • Public information so that all duty-bearers and parents fully understand their roles in building a better world for children.


Further information

Previous News release items


Organisation Contact Details:

Caucus for Children's Rights
P.O. Box 11372, Mt. Meru Post Office
Arusha, Tanzania, East Africa
Tel: +255759929286
Email: info@ccr-tz.org
Website: www.ccr-tz.org

Last updated 10/11/2009 02:23:18

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Charles Mkude wrote on 17/02/2012:
Just making a follow-up comment on Ms Msuya's comment: I believe the Child Act (2009) is a positive step towards a right direction. It lays a ground work for many actors to follow. The good thing with the Act is that it criminalises child labour (of course it has to be read together with the Employment and Labour Relations Act, 2004), however, the bad thing is that duty bearers do not understand the law yet, which makes it theoretical. If we ever popularise the Act and change the mindsets of the duty bearers then the Act will be followed to the letters (at least on the aspect of child labour).


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GIFT MSUYA wrote on 02/09/2010:
What needs to be asked is how is the new Children's Act will assist in the eradication of child labour? Especially for the children working in extra harzadous areas such as in mines. Most of the previously enacted laws have been theoratical rather than practical.

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