Tanzania: Human Rights Abuses Remain Rampant

HUMAN Rights Education (HRE) trainers here have been advised to focus on educating and helping members of the community to refrain from all elements of human rights abuse.

The advice was given at a workshop that brought together over 100 trainers from primary and secondary schools as well as colleges and District Education Officers (DEOs) from Shinyanga, Msalala, Kahama, Bariadi, Sengerema, Misungwi and Buchosa.

UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) National Programme Officer responsible for Education Jennifer Kotta cited denying children education as one of human right abuse, urging the society to provide equal education opportunities to all. She said that the UN agency advocates equitable provision of education to all without gender, colour or physical disability based discrimination.

"We have targeted education because many of human right abuses like killing of people with albinism and elders, early marriages and pregnancy to school children are common," said Ms Kotta, noting that if the trainers were imparted with proper knowledge, human right abuses will be easily curbed.

The workshop facilitator, Dr James Jesse, said there are still more challenges facing the lake zone societies, calling for articulate strategies to address them. Apart from commending the state on legal action to some of the human rights abuses, Dr Jesse, also a Law Lecturer at the University of Dar es Salaam described the killing and abduction of people with albinism and elders as well as neglecting women as dark clots that need to be washed out.

He said that due to the absence of conducive learning environment in many families, dropouts remain rampant owing to truancy and pregnancy, expressing optimism that the training to the selected group would have positive impact.

"Teachers in this case have a major role in spreading knowledge to the society on this matter to increase public awareness on issues of human rights," said Dr Jesse.

A participant to the training, Mr Theorbald Mathew, a secondary school teacher at Mwalugulu in Kahama District decried confusions on the best way to punish students violating school conducts, with some human right activists perceiving it as violation of human rights at school.

Source: Tanzania Daily News.