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.