Education must be protected from the forces of privatization -UN human rights expert

NEW YORK / GENEVA (27 October 2014) – “Education is not a privilege of the rich and well to do; it is an inalienable right of every child,” the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to education, Kishore Singh, said during the presentation his report to the UN General Assembly.*

“The exponential growth of private education must be regulated by Governments to safeguard education as a public good,” the expert told the global forum, warning that the rapid expansion of private education is increasingly replacing public education, rather than supplementing it.
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AFRICAN LEADERSHIP FORUM Officially Inaugurated in Dar es Salaam

Dar es Salaam July 31, 2014 The UONGOZI Institute officially inaugurated the African Leadership Forum that begun with the Theme “Meeting the challenges of Africa’s Transformations”
The Forum set to provide Africa with strategies and solutions that will help Africa transform its economies to create wealth, reduce poverty, minimize inequalities, strengthen productive capacities enhance social conditions of its people and achieve sustainable development. Economic transformation will ensure that Africa makes optimal use of its natural resources which are exhaustible. This forum will reflect on the pre-requisites for Africa’s transformation agenda by having four different sessions with topics; Meeting the Challenges of Africa’s Transformation, Managing Natural Resources to Ensure Prosperity in Africa, Managing Diversity in Africa, Strategic Partnerships for Realizing the Transformation Agenda: How Should Africa Engage with Others?
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New Picture-Human trafficking

Dar es Salaam 31 July 2014 The UN Information Center (UNIC) in partnership with the International Organization for Migration, the UN Human Rights office and Tanzania Police conducted an Educational learning session for students to commemorate the first World Day against Trafficking in Persons which was marked globally on the 30th of July. This year being the inauguration of the day, focused on the effects of the victims of human trafficking.

The theme for this year’s event was, “Have a heart for victims of human trafficking”.

The World Day Against Trafficking in persons is coordinated globally by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and it aims at raising awareness around this global issue and to highlight the plight of the millions of women, men and children who are victims of trafficking from all corners of the world, as well as at encouraging people to take action against this crime.

To mark the day, UNIC Dar es Salaam organized a Fun Thursday learning session with 35 students from Hananasif, Kumbukumbu and Oysterbay Primary schools in Kinondoni District in Dar es Salaam that took place on 31st of July at the Coco Beach area in Dar es Salaam from 0930 am – 1245 pm.

A brief presentation on Counter trafficking Officer was conducted by Ms. Tussa Njwaba from the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Office in Tanzania, Ms. Chitralekha Massey from UN Human Rights Office- Tanzania presented on Human rights issues related to trafficking, while Ms. Lucy Ngonyani from Tanzania Police Force’s-Interpol unit explained to the students the challenges of trafficking and its effects on children’s lives. UNIC’s Information Officer Stella Vuzo read the Secretary General’s Message and engaged the students in discussions around the topic.

The children asked many questions and engaged in lively discussions related to human trafficking. The teachers present expressed concern over the growing trend of trafficking in the country and urged the UN and Tanzania police to conduct further educational outreach to schools.

Strategic leadership needed for Africa transformation

Dar es Salaam,31 July 2014 African continent needs leaders who are strategic, inclusive and capable of managing diversities so as to realize the challenges of transformation.
That was said by participants of the inaugural African Leadership Forum that was held today in Dar es Salaam, convened by former President Benjamin Mkapa of the United Republic of Tanzania and Uongozi Institute under the theme “Meeting the challenges of Africa’s Transformation”.

The forum generally agreed that there is no lack of visions or ideas in Africa but lack of particular kind of leadership that is not satisfied with what is in place and keen to make a difference.
“We have to do things differently, we do same things over and over again and expect different results, this is insanity,” said Former President Olusegen Obasanjo of Nigeria, adding that African leaders need to work together and strategically and put continent interests first.

Speaking on the challenges of the diversity in the continent the UN Under Secretary General and Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa Dr. Carlos Lopes said managing diversity is the number one governance problem in the continent. He said Africa need to embrace its diversity and not see it as a curse. “We need leaders who are capable of managing diversity and practice social cohesion,” Dr Lopes said adding that issues of governance in Africa needs to be addressed in details.

Despite challenges that Africa faces, Dr Lopes said the continent has performed well in the past decade including doubling its GDP, reversing HIV/AIDS infections and cutting mortality rates by half among many other achievements. “We are in a better position than Latin America and even Asia…,”he said adding, “ we tend to see ourselves too negative sometimes and this very much influences the way we receive the possibilities of change.”
Dr Lopes added that with the largest young population in the world, Africa needs to run like cheetahs to meet the aspirations of its people. “Our people want things to happen now, not in the future,” he said.

On his part, Former President Thabo Mbeki of South Africa said AU need to include an element of assessing performance of leaders within its Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) as a way of addressing leadership gap. “We need to strengthen capacities of our leaders so as they are able to meet the expectations of our people,” he added.
On his side, President Mkapa said the forum was not a platform for blame game rather to discuss practical individual and collective responsibility to ensure the continent moves forward.

“My hope is this forum can analyze issues differently, recommend differently and monitor progress differently” President Mkapa said, and challenged the audience by asking them” How can we shock our leaders to do things differently and effectively?” The forum was attended by politicians, academicians, private sector, members of the diplomatic corps, representatives of international organizations, government officials and media.

World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

Dar es Salaam 30 July 2014 The UN Information Center(UNIC) will tomorrow conduct a Fun Thursday session with students in Kinondoni district to mark the first ever World Day against Trafficking in Persons.
The day is marked globally on the 30th of July but due to Eid festivities, the students will mark the day in an educative session on 31st of July at the Coco Beach area in Dar es Salaam starting from 9a.m.

The World Day Against Trafficking in persons is coordinated globally by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and it aims at raising awareness around this global issue and to highlight the plight of the millions of women, men and children who are victims of trafficking from all corners of the world, as well as at encouraging people to take action against this crime.

Being the inaugural World Day, this year focuses on the plight of the victims of human trafficking.

In order to mark the Day, UNIC planned to have this Fun Thursday learning session with the students at Coco Beach area in Dar es Salaam and the media are also invited. Those who will give brief presentations include a Counter trafficking Officer from the UN’s International Organization for Migration-IOM Ms. Tussa Njwaba and UN Tanzania’s Human Rights Office-Ms. Chitralekha Massey. We have also invited other stakeholders including from Tanzania Police Force to join us as we address this global challenge.
More information on this day is available on this

Social Media Outreach: #igivehope

This year UNODC have decided to take an innovative approach to engage people to participate actively via social media to mark the World Day. With the insight that human traffickers prey on hope, the social media leg of the campaign is asking for people around the world to ‘give hope’ to show their solidarity with victims of human trafficking. Using the hashtag #igivehope, the campaign will ask people to share pictures of themselves making the internationally recognised gesture of two hands forming a heart. These will all be collected and used in a video on the above campaign website.

A Thunderclap has also been set up: this is a social media tool where people can ‘lend their voice’ ahead of a pre-determined date. (please visit for more information).


New York July 30, 2014 This year’s International Day of Friendship comes at a time of widespread war, violence and mistrust in many parts of the world. People who have previously lived in harmony find themselves in conflict with their neighbours; people who have no choice but to live together find themselves ever farther apart.

Whatever the cause, and however powerful the forces that drive animosity and armed violence, the human spirit is potentially much stronger. It is our solemn duty to see that it prevails.

In these difficult and unpredictable times, it is vital that we reach out to one another in order to prevent conflict and build the long-term foundations of lasting peace.

On this International Day of Friendship, let us remember the ties that bind us together, regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation or borders. Let us cultivate solidarity as a single human family on our one and only planet. Let us pursue true and lasting friendship.

Video on international day of friendship: Produced by the Good Planet Foundation | in partnership with UNRIC


Zanzibar 18, 2014 Wanafunzi 22 wa Shule ya Msingi na Sekondari ya Maungani walishiriki katika program ya Alhamisi ya Burudani (Fun Thursday) ndani ya Umoja wa Mataifa tarehe kumi na saba mwezi wa saba mwaka huu kuanzia saa nne hadi saa Sita na robo mchana wakiongozwa na mwalimu wao Bwana Abdalla Mohammed.

Picture by Ali Haji, UNIC intern in Zanzibar

Alhamisi ya Burudani ya wiki hii iliangaza zaidi siku ya Kimataifa ya Nelson Mandela ambayo iliadhimishwa siku ya Ijumaa tarehe kumi na nane mwezi wa saba mwaka huu wa elfu mbili na kumi na nne. Akiwasilisha mada kuhusu siku ya Kimataifa ya Nelson Mandela, Bi Anna Senga ambaye ni Mkuu wa Ofisi ndogo za Umoja wa Mataifa hapa Kisiwani Zanzibar aliwafahamisha wanafunzi hao kuhusu maisha ya Nelson Mandela pamoja na harakati zale za kuleta mabadiliko katika jamii.

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Picture by Ali Haji, UNIC intern in Zanzibar

Wanafunzi hao walionekana wenye bashasha kubwa ya kumfahamu kiongozi huyu mashuhuri hii ni kutokana na juhudi zake ambazo ni za kuigwa mfano na kiongozi yoyote yule duniani. Akichangia mada hiyo mwalimu wa shule hiyo, Bwana Abdalla Mohammed, alisema kwamba Nelson Mandela alikuwa mwanaharakati mahiri sana katika kuleta mabadiliko katika kila Nyanja ya maisha. Nae Bwana Ali Haji ambaye ni intern wa UNIC na UNDP huko Kisiwani Zanzibar alisema kwamba dunia ina kila sababu ya kuweza kuadhimisha siku hiyo kutokana na mchango mkubwa Mandela alioutoa.

Picture by Ali Haji, UNIC intern

Pia wanafunzi hao walipata nafasi ya kuona video ya Mpango wa Kufanya Kazi Pamoja wa Umoja wa Mataifa Tanzania (Delivering as One-DaO). Wakitoa maoni yao wanafunzi hao, mwanafunzi Saidati Masoud alisema kwamba wanashukuru kwa taaluma walioipata kwani wataweza kuwafikishia wengine. Pia alitaka UN Club ziweze kuimarishwa na kuwa na mada nzito za kujadili kuhusu kuboresha dunia yetu. Nae mwanafunzi Hassan Mdachi alisema kwamba mafunzo hayo yawafikie watu zaidi na sio wale wa mjini tu kwa kumaanisha taaluma hiyo ifike vijijini.

Alhamisi ya Burudani itaendelea tena 8/8/2014, baada ya likizo ya maandalizi na maadhimisho ya sikuu ya Eid.



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When: Friday 25th July, 2014
Time: 07:30am to 09:30am
Where: British Council Dar es Salaam

Drugs fellowship for senior journalists kicks off in Dar es Salaam

Dar es Salaam July 24, 2014 The UN Information Center in Dar es Salaam along with the Tanzania Media Fund and the Governments’ Drugs Control Commission have started a two week drugs training for 9 senior journalists in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

The training is set to provide skills for the senior journalists to report on. Participants at the two week fellowship training will learn about the drugs situation in the country, trafficking and usage of drugs, existing legislation, treatment and sensitization initiatives. The pressmen and women will also hear experiences of formed drug users.
UNIC Dar es Salaam staff were inspired to start the fellowship after conducting several educational outreach activities in which it was realized that many youths were using drugs and there was little or no awareness in some areas. UNIC also found young female drug users who had lost hope. The dire situation of arresting and trying drug dragons and traffickers was very low and in many cases journalists did not always pursue drugs related cases.

In partnership with the Drugs control commission and UNODC, the fellowship was conceptualized and eventually supported through the Tanzania Media Fund. The expectation is that more youth will be aware of the problem and effective legislation will be in place to help prevent further increase in drug trafficking.

World Drug Report 2014 (UNODC)

July 24, 2014 The UN Office on Drugs and Crime has released a new report available at this page: report indicated that drug use prevalence is stable around the world, according to the 2014 World Drug Report of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), with around 243 million individuals, or 5 per cent of the world’s population aged 15-64, having used an illicit drug in 2012. Problem drug users meanwhile numbered about 27 million, roughly 0.6 per cent of the world’s adult population, or 1 in every 200 people.