It is significant for the United Republic of Tanzania's NGOs, local, national and international organizations and communities to take steps to improve the legal framework for the protection of the rights of children in Tanzania.
It is crucial to note that in Tanzania many children are still vulnerable to violence, exploitation, neglect and abuse. Tanzania is committed to ensuring that the rights of children are respected. Furthermore, child protection issues intersect with some of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) -from poverty alleviation to getting children into school, as well as tackling gender inequality to fight child mortality.
GLCD is committing itself to support and provide legal understanding on child rights, while educating the general public on behavioral change communication, prevention and management campaigns on drugs and drug abuse and sustainable life skills.
Children who live and work on the streets are often vulnerable to childhood exploitation, neglect, violence and abuse in their surrounding environments. These children are generally unable to engage in meaningfully society’s participation and construction such as getting into school, being a part of a family, as well as unable to solve social and emotional issues.
It is crucial to note that a vast majority of children in this group are out of school and some of them are orphans. Consequently, high number of these children will become involved in sexual discrimination, prostitution and violence, drug abuse, child trafficking, theft and child employment and also vulnerable to contagious diseases as a way to escape from the reality of their situations.
The majority of the parents or guardians of these street children and orphans suffer from high level of poverty; that’s why it is easy to send their children to the streets to get a living, rather than going to school to gain knowledge. These guardians also experience further deprivations that prevent them from accessing potential support, engage meaningfully in their communities and most critically, provide a nurturing environment for their children.