Dear Friend, We have recently used $400 to help establish the junior assemblies for children under 14 years. Thanks to your help, the children are able to meet, debate and provide solutions to the problems facing them. The children have elected their leaders who now sit in the management team of TYSA. Your contribution helped the establishment and support of the junior assembly which is now active with 50 children. Thank you!
In December, 100 children aged 14 and below will organize a junior leadership and mentorship camp as from 8th December to 12 December 2011. Before then, they have organized to visit 8 communities to have fun and educate their peers as from 28th November to 6th December 2011.
We urgently need to raise $ 1000 to support the junior leadership and mentorship camp in terms of food, transport, medication and training materials among others.
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The journey started on 20th June 2011 from Kitale to Nairobi at 7:24am. We arrived at Kitale town at exactly ten minutes past eight. From there we took Matunda bus to Nairobi. Arriving at Nairobi we went to where we were supposed to stay. The following day morning we went to St Benedict Catholic Church to pick Kampala coach to us to Moshi.There, we take our breakfast in a hotel and then the buses were ready waiting for us. At about 11:40 am we started our journey ending to the border Namanga.We arrived at the border in the evening finding people very congested, we had to lay on the queue for the stamping of the passports and showing of vaccination cards so that we can allowed to enter Tanzania without any doubt. We continued with our journey after finishing the logistics in the border, we had to pass through Arusha Town to reach in Moshi Town. The journey was very long and tiresome especially for us as it was the first time to tour there. It was about 1000km from the Namanga border to Moshi Town. We really enjoyed the journey hence seeing many geographically features on the way. We arrived at Moshi Technical College at around 7:30 pm in the evening finding many participating team being already there. The climate there was cool and warm which was good for all participants up to the end of the tournament. The major key topics taught there was as follows: Leadership and Networking/community participation; Coaching-Laws of the game,Referee,First Aid e.g. injuries prevention and treatment/sport medicines and Kicking Aids out/drugs Other minor topics includes: Conflict resolution, Volunteerism, Youth rights e.g. fairplay/justice/environment/child labour issues and interfaith dialogue. In addition comes the basic values of networking and building of cultural understanding. These thematic areas were focused through daily seminars held during the tournament. All participants attended the seminars. Each session took 1hr 30min starting from 8:00am to 9:30am before the teams go to various fields to play. Every participant who attended the seminars got the certificate in every course attended. Stephen Kiprotich (10 years) ‘I spent Tanzania 1 full week playing football for the East Africa Cup. I was very happy because I saw many things like wild animals e.g. giraffes,antelope,ostrich,baboon,etc I thank the Tysa and Globalgiving for their support to make me step a foreign country Tanzania for my first time in life. Thanks all..
Children ‘Parliament’ Launched The program has grown to embrace various stakeholders in child development. It has built the capacities of children and parents to discuss openly issues affecting them. The program is playing a vital coordination and consultative role in the schools and community where TYSA works Capacities of the coordinator build around monitoring, investigation and evaluation of child abuse cases. This has enabled him to resolve the crisis which affected some of the girls in schools e.g. mwanga primary and kirita secondary. Children from TYSA endorsed the Children Voices 2010which helped them to share experiences and reached to more children. Children especially in schools and community are reporting cases of abuse to their mentors. That for the first time, children and parents discussed domestic budgeting together in the open forum. With more follows at home and frequent open forums, children issues will be implemented at domestic level TYSA has reviewed it organizational structure to include the children. This has enabled the children to contribute to the development of the organization. The structures allow children to participate in the decision making process of the organization. The small units of 10 children elect their leaders who meet in the ‘parliament’ to discuss and deliberate on the issues. These issues are taken to the TYSA management team by their ‘president’. Program secretaries who are also elected work very closely with the Program Coordinator, mentor s them in the work. The program secretaries form the ‘Cabinet’ with the president. The speaker and the clerk work together to run the affairs of the ‘Parliament’ We look forward to implementing this initiative in the coming months. It is one of its kinds in the country. It is going to be our main focus for the next 6 months. We are yet to train the ‘parliamentarians’ on their respective operations. The initiative requires stationery, chairs, tables, and other furniture to furnish the hall where the parliamentary sessions will take place. The children also require drinks and water, refreshments during the parliamentary sessions. We hope also to provide some clothing to make the sessions formal in order to raise the self esteem of the children. We are happy that we have finally taken off as we have been planning for this great initiative. Many other organizations have already started to admire this child participation and protection model. We hope to keep you informed of the progress of this noble initiative.
Festive season always provide perfect opportunity for the children to interact and have fun! For the second year running, TYSA has organized children fun day! This year, some children had an opportunity to swim in a modern swimming pool. This was a blend of children from the local community and those in town with some experience. ‘We are very happy and delighted by this annual event that brings our children together and have fun! I could believe my eyes, as kids enjoyed swimming’ Mum Mary, a parent. Other activities included face painting, games and sports. Children enjoyed being out there and interacting with their peers. The community mentors and coaches also had their share of fun too.120 children and youth participated in this year’s event. In 2011/2012, TYSA Children participation and protection program will undergo major reforms to make it more responsive and participatory. This is after major consultation with the children in the last one year. We are going to create Junior Assemblies and Youth Assemblies. In the junior assembly children below age 15 will form units of 10 members each. In this unit, they will elect a Councilor, Governor and Senator. The Councilor will take care of the welfare of the unit. The Governor will be the chief executive of the e unit while the senator will represent the interest of the unit in the senate. All the senators from the units will form a Senate Assembly. The youth assembly will constitute ages 15 to 24. In their respective units, they will elect Member of Parliament and Women Representative. They will form the Youth Assembly. All the assemblies will be managed by a Speaker and helped by the clerks. A president will be elected by all the children and youth in the respective unit. The president will have a running mate. The president will run a small cabinet comprising of Program Secretaries as enshrined in the TYSA program areas of education, Child Protection etc. It is through these structures that we believe the children and youth will have greater opportunity to participate fully in the deliberations that affect them and their community. It is a more open approach through which the children will embrace democratic values and contributing to national development. We believe you will continue to offer your support and be part of this innovative way of localizing democracy and helping the society embrace democratic values. Watch a video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IHDrgcfkNLg
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