Friday, 30 May 2014

Are you aware of International Day of the African Child? Get to know it Now.

16 June 2013-- In 1976, thousands of black school children took to the streets of Soweto, South Africa. In a march more than half a mile long, they protested the inferior quality of their education and demanded their right to be taught in their own language. Hundreds of young boys and girls were shot down by security forces. In the two weeks of protest that followed, more than a hundred people were killed and more than a thousand were injured.
To honour the memory of those killed and the courage of all those who marched, the Day of the African Child has been celebrated on 16 June every year since 1991, when it was first initiated by the Organization of African Unity (now the African Union).
The Day also draws attention to the lives of African children today. The theme for this year's event is Eliminating Harmful Social and Cultural Practices Affecting Children: Our Collective Responsibility. In their concept note on this year's celebration, the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child selected this theme to "call attention to harmful social and cultural practices against children, and highlight the roles and responsibilities of various stakeholders." Aims of the Day include:
  • highlighting the negative consequences of harmful practices (such as female genital mutilation) on the various rights of children;
  • urging the review of existing legislative and policy frameworks and practices at the national level to combat and eliminate harmful practices against children;
  • undertaking advocacy with African governments, civil society organizations including faith based organizations, the media, and other role players for greater mobilization for the realization of the rights of children against harmful practices; and
  • considering effective strategies for the prevention of harmful practices against children.

Thursday, 29 May 2014


“Global Justice Moves 2015” is  the outcome of a consultation process across the GCAP network which started during our Global Assembly in Johannesburg November 2013.  We first developed a Johannesburg Call to Action then a Campaign Narrative: “15 Solutions for 2015” and finally 5 mobilisation ideas which were shared across the GCAP national coalitions and constituency groups for their feedback.

The conclusion  - no one idea works in all national and regional context.  Vbnm,
-          there is fatigue around “summiteering”  
-          -we want mobilisations to be connected to local issues that are meaningful to people, and connect these to the global processes. 

The solution -  a flexible action that can be adapted to each national and regional context but with a common thread linking all actions to one overall global campaign.

The result -  Global Moves for Justice 2015 (working title)

What is a Global Move?

A Global Moves is  a public facing political event with three key components.

1) It will raise awareness of an issue of injustice based on the 15 Solutions for 2015 Campaign narrative.

2) There will be a clear political demand to governments to address this injustice (local, regional and/or global).

 3) Involve people actual physically moving in whatever way possible as creatively as possible.   This is most effective if people move from a place of injustice to a symbolic site of justice.

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Get to Know Youth Vision Sound tanzania

What is Youth Vision Sound Tanzania (YVST)?
The Youth Vision Sound Tanzania is a not-for-profit making organization which aimed to promote, protect and defend all youth-led social activism in the homeland and seeking to bring together the Tanzanians in Diaspora in countries of residence in Africa, Europe, Asia, North America, South America, Central America, Australia and the Caribbean to share and empower the purpose of youth-led social activism on social change, quality of life and unity in the homeland.
Also the cause aimed at conducting researches on various issues and problems which face Tanzania societies which have great implication in threatening sustainable development and come out with alternative measures to deal all those potential in sustainable development threatening.

Our Vision
We envision is to make a world where young people are able, productive  and participants.

Our Mission
Helping the youth of the homeland to excel on every front-through advocacy, networking and involvement campaigns.

Aims and Objectives
The Institution’s objects and principal activities are to promote, protect and defend all youth-led social activism in the homeland and to link all Tanzanians in Diaspora societies in countries of residence in Africa, Europe, Asia, North America, South America, Central America, Australia and the Caribbean to share and empower the purpose of youth-led social activism on social change, quality of life and unity in the homeland.

The main aim of YVST is to ensure that there is peace in the society which is the key and core factor to the development of any society. Therefore Youth Vision Sound aims to achieve three key objectives:
Creating a Peaceful Society to achieve sustainable development

This is through Collective campaign to promote peace, young future leadership conducting of panel discussion and involving community both in rural and urban on matter affecting Tanzania communities and which have direct implication toward threatening of peace, economic development and come out with collective action on how to deal with those problems so as to have sustainable peace and economic growth. The targeted group is young men and women who can be enabled to become up-to-date on youth agenda and to partner with service providers in the country and those from international community to share their messages across as the key for successful and development of any country.

Creating well informed society with conscious to take part in process of development as far as sustainable development is concerned.

Youth Vision Sound Tanzania will also build awareness around the opportunities and challenges associated with a country of 45 million people and propose best way to deal with those challenges without bleaching of Peace

Strong cooperation among members of the community, government and other sectors in dealing with those potentials to threatening of Peace and sustainable development.

We will work and encourage governments, NGOs, CSOs, private sector, media, academia and individuals to take actions that will have a social positive impact with the aim of addressing different issues in the community which has direct impact to the threatening of youth development.

Youth Vision Sound Tanzania is aiming at building awareness around eight key areas. These are:
  •  Peace
  •  Poverty and inequality
  • Women, children and girls empowerment
  •  Human rights
  • Youth in Development and Peace
  • Environment.
  • Young future leadership
  • HIV/AIDS Prevention
Our Impact
Our platform enables young people to discuss, explore and voice up societal issues which have impact to the break of peace, youth rights and bring the sense of togetherness among members of the community for them to have a positive impact.

The Way We Do It
Youth Vision Sound Tanzania provides members of the community with an integrated development and experience comprised of leadership opportunities, and participation in a local and global learning environment as far as peace and sustainable development is concerned.

Our Values
Our values provide a way for the collective leadership to encourage common norms of behaviour across our global network.

i.                     Encouraging young people to have patriotism with their society and ensuring they are motivated and systematically involved in all our work to meet their expectations and activism to the needs of the people at the same time to improve our national reputation.