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Climax Day Celebration for the World Day of Prayer and Action for Children

GNRC-Tanzania will conclude its 3 year campaign on Violence against Children by commemorating the WDPAC with a number of programs culminating with the Climax Day on 20 November, 2013.

In the weeks leading up to the Climax Day, the children’s peace club members and religious and community leaders will be invited to attend forums and workshops which aim to address 3 subthemes:

  1. Positive Parenting and Non-Violent Discipline
  2. Birth Registration
  3. Prevention of Early Pregnancies


The Climax Day on 20 November

Children and youth from primary and secondary schools, community peace clubs, religious leaders, community leaders, CSOs, international organizations, governmental entities, FBOs, partner organizations, media, etc. will be invited to attend the WDPAC event.

Planned activities will include:

  • A children’s peace march from the Jangwani grounds to Mnazi Mmoja grounds escorted by the Police Brass Band.
  • Presentations on the campaign subthemes.
  • Entertainment featuring acrobats, traditional dances/ dance drama (Dogodogo), poems, performances by the Music Conscious Band Network, and a drama piece and peace game from the Buguruni School for the Deaf.
  • The launch of the Swahili Learning to Live Together manual.
  • A silent interfaith prayer at noon with youth representatives of The National Muslim Council of Tanzania (BAKWATA), Tanzania Episcopal Conference (TEC), Christian Council of Tanzania (CCT), the Baha’i community and Buddhist community
  • Sharing is Caring: Members of the children’s peace club who participated in this year’s youth capacity building workshop held in Geneva, will collect donations for children in need which will be distributed one week later on 27 November, 2013.


Over two thousand five hundred children and youth of faith gathered at the Don Bosco grounds in Tanzania to commemorate the World Day of Prayer and Action for Children.

Addressing the theme Stop Violence against Children, the celebrations provided opportunity for all to air out their grievances in an open forum.

In attendance were religious leaders, children, the Tanzania UNICEF representative Mr Paul Edwards, Hon. Ummy A. Mwalimu who was the guest of honour, A Deputy Minister and representatives from the Ministry of Community Development Gender and Children.

The children requested the government and those in authority to:

  • Allocate important services to rural areas to reduce the migration of children to urban areas
  • Ensure child rights are included in the new constitution
  • Support structures that protect children especially those who are not in the family setting
  • In addition, the children requested religious leaders to:
  • Encourage their followers to fight against violence especially those that take place in the religious institutions

Amongst other requests were for parents and guardians to oppose harmful traditional and cultural practices that violate their children's rights. Additionally, the proposed parents and children having more dialogue as a way of promoting positive parenting.

The religious leaders openly shared their commitment to:

  • Create greater awareness in our religious communities about the impact of all forms of violence against children
  • Promote the child as a person with rights and dignity by useing religious teachings to provide good examples to influence behaviour change among adults to stop using violence in dealing with children
  • Preach non-violence forms of discipline in educating children
  • Work within the religious communities to build networks that can provide a front line of response to children at risk of abuse and violence, a place and person to go to when they are afraid or have been maltreated
  • Promote inter-religious cooperation, sharing experiances and practices in preventing violence against children

The Guest of Honor concluded by emphasising her belief that religious leaders of all faiths have an immense role to play and an even bigger impact to curb violences against children.

To read the original article on the GNRC website, please click here.


Keywords: interfaith, child advocacy networks, Buddhism, Christianity, Baha’i, Muslim, Islam, Espicopalian, school children, peace march, forum, workshop, prayer

Date: Wednesday, 20 November 2013
Dar es Salaam


Miss Elizabeth Mwase
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