This one-year project will use the Virtues Project to enhance the capacity of care givers and teachers in five juvenile detention centers, Mwanza, Arusha, Mtwara, Dar es Salaam and Mbeya regions, in Tanzania- so as to offer rehabilitation services to the detained children that will awaken their virtues hence growing to be good citizens. Children will learn how to develop and express their highest qualities that are essential to the health mind that governs highest level of human achievement.
There are over 700 children in Juvenile Detention Centers while over 1500 others are in adult detention centers in Tanzania. The government ordered all children in adult detentetion to be relocated to juvenile detentions, however the centers lack rehabilitation mechanisms with the use corporal punishment, bully and offensive language as disciplinary mechanism. Through Virtues Project, more than 100 caregivers will support rehabilitation of 700 children develop virtues to improve their behavior.
Virtues Project will support development of positive learning climate in juvenile detentions through development of virtues within both children and caregivers in the centers. Children and caregivers will learn mechanisms to identify, develop and express their highest qualities essential to positive development of universal, positive qualities of characters and rehabilitate children with empathy, responsible, curiosity, and perceptiveness etc life skills to enable them improve their behaviors.
Through training to 100 Juvenile detention caregivers, 15 social welfare officers and 10 representatives of 5 District's Police Gender Desk officers on the Virtues Project will create positive learning climate in the juvenile centers as sustainable means to rehabilitate children in conflict with law and support their mental and physical development.