RACE FOR SURVIVAL 2015
RACE FOR SURVIVAL 2015
This year’s advocacy objective was to obtain attention from key government stakeholders in Zanzibar on the issues of preventable childhood deaths and maternal and new-born healthcare, promote our current positive parenting projects BABA BORA ( Exemplary father) and MAMA SHUJAA ( Hero of a mother), and highlight the voices and opinions of children throughout the Race.
We may say we have had a good response and achieved our objective since there was strong support from the President of the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar, Dr Ali Mohamed Shein who gave commitment to follow up and ensure that early childhood marriages and pregnancies are abolished, thus allowing a girl child to receive and enjoy education on equal terms with boys. During the Race, the President was represented by the Second Vice President, H.E. Seif Ali Iddi who in his opening speech addressed burning issues including planning and budgeting for each and every child’s life, taking care of newborns, increased number of skilled health workers ready to step in and take care of mothers, newborns and children. He also commended on the “Positive Parenting Campaign” in Zanzibar, called Baba Bora and Mama Shujaa, both focusing on stronger male engagement and inclusive parenting, aiming at fighting violence and gender inequality- in the wake to prevent violence against children.
The event included press conferences prior to the Race and on the day of the Race with the support from Sports Ambassador, Suleiman Nyambui, a former track athlete specialized in long distance disciplines, multiple indoor national record holder and silver medalist at the 1980 Moscow Summer Olympics and Mohamedi Khalidi, our 17 year old Children’s Ambassador from Handeni Children’s Council who attended the World Health Assembly in Geneva as a member of the Tanzania delegation. Mohamedi confidently delivered a speech from the World Health Assembly in Geneva to the Vice President of Zanzibar who was appointed by the President of Zanzibar himself to be the Guest of Honour and recommended to select child from the Children’s Councils in Zanzibar to represent Zanzibar and Tanzania at the forthcoming UN General Assembly in New York.
The Tanzania Race for Survival event was also filmed by Norwegian film crew as part of a global film to be unveiled during the Heads of States meeting with the UN Secretary General meeting at the UNGA 2015.
Children running at the Race for Survival 2015, Zanzibar.
Receiving awards from the Guest of Honor, Second Vice President of Zanzibar.