THE government deserves praise for the funding and promotion of free education in the country which in turn has increased the number of children in school as well as vulnerable and disabled people.
Making the reveal in Dar es Salaam on International Day of the Girl on Wednesday, HakiElimu Executive Director John Kalage added that they are working to help transform education, inside and out. outside schools and influence the development of policies and their effective implementation, it is high The government has also revised some policies, which prevent the girl child from fully realizing her dream.
“A case study of Tanzania’s 1971 marriage law which sets the minimum age of marriage for girls at 15 with parental consent and at 18 for boys, I suggest it be repealed.
Although the government allows any girl who drops out of school to pursue alternative studies at colleges like the Vocational Education and Training Authority (VETA) to continue her education, why not allow her to continue her education at primary and secondary school if it is her? choice? âhe asked.
Likewise, Mr Kalage, who is also chair of the Tanzania Education Network (TEN / MET), noted that HakiElimu will continue to advocate for the government to develop and implement evidence-based policies that promote accessibility, equity and inclusive education in a friendly and protective environment for all children, regardless of their gender and physical disability.
In response, Education, Science and Technology Minister Prof. Joyce Ndalichako, chairing the event, said the government would tackle all policies and cultures that still prevent the girl from achieving her dreams. education.
“Tanzania is proud of the first woman president Samia Suluhu Hassan, who delivers and a good role model for the little girl that if a girl is educated and the obstacles in her path are removed, her future is bright,” he said. she pointed out. to the applause of the participants.
Thanking the British Council, Save the Children, CAMFED, Accountability in Tanzania Program (AcT), the British High Commission and the British Help of the British People for supporting the education sector in the country and organizing the event on the theme âThe digital generation, our generation,â she said, the government will play its part to ensure that all children are in school.
“With the theme ‘Digital generation, our generation’ which reminds society of the digital right for girls and boys alike, the government will not leave any group behind, will not be marginalized … students living with a disability and girls because of their gender, âshe added.
To successfully enroll more children in school – especially girls and children from disadvantaged backgrounds, the government also secured support from the Global Partnership for Education (GPE), for example in January of the last year, when it approved a grant totaling US $ 112 million. dollars.
Shedding light on the support, UK High Commissioner David Concar said: âThis year’s theme – Digital Generation, Our Generation – is a reflection of the increased demand for technology in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“And in light of this, the UK has an additional Â£ 55million (around 172.9 billion / -) to support Tanzania’s education sector, on top of the already released Â£ 400 allocated to girls’ education this year (2021/2022) and this affirms the UK’s ambition to enroll more girls, improve the quality of preschool, primary and non-formal education by strengthening teacher training and development professional development, distributing more quality teaching and learning materials to underserved areas and improving educational planning and management. â