Tanzanian Minister for Health Ummy Mwalimu on Friday told parliament the government will next month launch the National Child Agenda aimed at protecting children against violence.
She said the agenda will be launched against the alarming increase in incidents of sexual assault and abuse against children in the east African nation.
The minister said the agenda will be launched on June 16, the African Child Day.
“The National Child Agenda is aimed at ensuring that all Tanzanian children have the best possible opportunity to realize their full potential,” Mwalimu told the House in the capital Dodoma.
The minister said the agenda will also focus on addressing factors that cause children and the youth in the country to have behavioral and sometimes mental health problems.
Mwalimu was answering a question posed by Rombo constituency Member of Parliament Joseph Selasini who had observed that cases of child molestation and other abuses were on the increase in the country.
The lawmaker suggested that the government should be meeting with parents and teachers in efforts to educate them on how best to protect children against violence, including sexual assault and abuse. Enditem