We are really happy to announce the newly started Life Skills Programme in Tansania!
The Life Skills Programme strives to promote personal and social development and prevents health- and social problems. Life Skills sessions include practicing and deepening cognitive and social skills about topics such as addiction, HIV, discrimination, violence and gender equality. Unfortunately, Alcohol consumption in Tanzania with 9.4 litres alcohol per capita is alarmingly high (African Average is 6.3 litres). Because of its wide consequences, alcohol consumption affects nearly everyone. Alcohol related car accidents, gender-based violence towards girls and women, poverty and bad mental and physical well-being of those around alcoholics are some of them.In order to tackle this issue, the International Blue Cross Tanzania started its Life Skills Programme in Arusha this August. Between August and September, they held 12 Life Skills sessions in three different secondary schools. So far, 350 children took part in the Life Skills Programmes. But the effects of these sessions will not just stay within this community – it will go beyond these kids since they have already started to tell their siblings, parents and friends what they have learned.
Through the comprehensive approach of this programme we contribute to working towards the UN development goals, specifically to reaching the goals in the thematic areas of 3) Good Health and Well-Being, 4) Quality Education, 5) Gender Equality and 16) Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions.
We want to express our thankfulness to our generous donors who take part in breaking the cycle of alcohol-related issues in Tanzania. Thank you so much!
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