Law enforcers, ward officers learn sign language

Police officers, medical doctors and ward executives in Ilemela District have completed a seven-day training on the sign language conducted by experts from the Tanzania Deaf Association (Chavita) through funds from Foundation for Civil Society.

The training facilitator Mr Henry Mtasiwa, said the training was aimed at empowering the officers with skills that would enable them to communicate easily with people with hearing disability in the course of their duties.
“We are not dumb or deaf as people prefer to address us, the best name for us is people with hearing problems and we are human beings, therefore this training will also help the officers to campaign for us against this stigmatization,” said Mr Mtasiwa.

Additionally, Devotha Mtesigwa, a teacher at Bwiru Boys Secondary School, said the training on sign language should involve schools as teachers often face a communication barrier when dealing with students with hearing disability.
“There are over 50 students in my school with the hearing problem. We need sign language experts to help them understand what their teachers teach them,” she said.

For her part, Ilemela District Commissioner Amina Masenza said district authorities will look into the possibility of establishing a special school for people and pupils with the hearing disability in the district.

Women trained on marriage Act

In many communities of Africa, women are subjected to abuse and denial of their rights. The dominant patriarchy system in most of the African societies and the low level of awareness and understanding of human rights are among the factors that contribute to increase the problem. That situation stimulates some civil society organisations to initiate projects to support in community education, awareness creation and capacity building on women rights.

Women of Pera ward in Bagamoyo have been trained on marriage act of 1971 to increase their awareness on women's rights and influence long lasting change.The training which was organized by CHACODE Community Development Organization with the funding from Foundation for Civil Society, also aimed to increase their confident to demand their inheritance rights.

One of the training participants, Hadija Salum confessed that many women in rural areas often lose the right to inherit marital assets upon widowhood which is mainly caused by their lack of information on their rights and inability to access legal services.“Another reason might be poverty, illiteracy, lack of guts and own decision making, together with the total dependence of us to men, this has been a great obstacle towards achieving an equitable and just society,” says Hadija.

Earlier during the opening of the training, social community welfare officer of Bagamoyo, Anthony Nyange advised the organization to use intended fund wisely to educate community especially women on their rights.

SHIVYAWATA want free medical services

Secretary of the Tanzania Federation of Disabled People's Organisation in Tanzania (SHIVYAWATA) in Dodoma, Damaris Ndalu, said government need to fulfill its promise of providing free medical service to people with disability (PWDs) in the country.

 He was speaking during the training on the National Disability Policy and rights of PWDs which was held in Kigwe village recently.

He said failure of the government to give PWDs free medical services, make them to continue buying medicines which is very difficult since many of PWDs are poor.

On another note, Ndalu said PWDs face serious challenge of job opportunities which cause many of them to be beggars.
On his side, deputy secretary, Justus Ng’wantalima said government should provide capitals for PWDs so that they can start business and generate income.

Farmers and Pastoralists in Bagamoyo to be trained on 1999 Land Act



It has been argued that many land related conflicts that take place in Bagamoyo district, Coast Region are a result of some few village chairpersons who deliberately fail to act in accordance with the 1999 Village Land Act.

Briefing journalists at Lugoba area in late January, Coordinator of Shirika la Maendeleo la Wajasiriamali Miono (SHIMAWAMI) Daud Mwemkulo said due to recurrent challenges posed by land related conflicts in villages, his organisation has organized training sessions on the 1999 Land Act to farmers, pastoralists and members of village land tribunals in five wards of Bagamoyo district.

Mwemkulo said the three-day training, facilitated by the Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) is expected to equip participants with knowledge on Section 5 of the 1999 Village Land Act – useful for future management and administration of conflicts related to land ownership in villages.

FCS training triggers DC to call for improved transparency and accountability

Kilwa District Commissioner (DC), Abdallah Ulega has condemned the perpetration of holding fewer feedback meetings among village leaders as a major factor behind low scores of transparency and accountability among citizens, and hence reduce trust to the community.

Ulega made the remarks during a training workshop on Social Accountability and Monitoring (SAM) among community leaders held in early January, which was organized by Kilwa Civil Society Network (KINGONET) through the funding from the Foundation for Civil Society (FCS). The training was held at the college of social development in Kilwa.

He said lack of accountability and transparency among village leaders has led many of them to lose trust among citizens hence many development issues are not moving as required.

“When citizen elect their leaders they expect cooperation, transparency and accountability. Citizen would like to see their leaders stand for their rights and protect them, otherwise they lose trust”, he said. “You might find a local leader since being elected he has never called for a meeting - to read the budget or to discuss development issues, this is serious”, added DC.

On his side, Secretary of KINGONET, Omary Mkuwili said the project will focus more on strengthening accountability, transparency and capacity of the community and their local leaders at ward and village level for the effective engagement in social economic improvement of local governance. He said it will also influence upholding ethics, transparency and accountability measures among local leaders to their people.


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