Ludewa CSO steps in against dragging children into pubs


Following a child protection campaign waged by Lugarawa Development Foundation, citizens of Liganga division, Ludewa district have started a process of enacting their own by-laws aimed at prohibiting parents, especially women, from going to the local brew pubs at night in company with their babies.

This was made know during a recent training seminar in Njombe region conducted by Lugarawa Development Foundation through funds from the Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) with the aim of protecting the rights of children in Ludewa district.

Giving an account of the matter, a resident of Ilininda, Annonsiatha Mlowe says the by-laws have already become operational in their area, and that the money that is being collected as fine goes to the village revenues to facilitate other social-economic activities.

“Since the by-laws became operational more women and men are sticking together at homes – leading to better care for their families, including improved nutrition to their children,” says Annonsiatha.

She also says in their neighborhood, cases of truancy in the village school has also gone done since forcing a woman to stick at homes in the evenings has also attracted their spouses to abandon hanging out in pubs. In turn, parents now get more time to plan for their family matters, as well as monitoring their children’s academic performance.

“Previously, many children could not attend classes in school because their parents were away from them for most of the time, and they were left starving. With the by-laws we are witnessing some improvements even in their nutrition, and they are able to go to school,” said Annonsiatha.

For his part, community development officer in Ludewa district, Thomas Kiowi, said time has come for parents to go back to the drawing board and review the whole issue of child rights protection.

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