A narration by Luhungu Elioth Kiando, the Headmistress of Magindu Secondary School in Kibaha district, Pwani region in Tanzania.
"My school has been one of the leading performers in national examinations for the past 3 consecutive years in our district. Behind the success are both students’ discipline and teachers’ commitment, but most importantly the contribution of Child Rights Clubs cannot go without mention. The clubs were started by the Violence Against Children (VAC) project in order to create child rights awareness in communities.
"The project has contributed so much to the success of this school in terms of academic performance. It gives students courage and confidence in dealing with issues and also in making important decisions.
"In the course of working with Plan International Tanzania through VAC, many of my students who were less confident and seemed dull and shy became very active and started getting good grades in their exams.
Even if the project closes today, the systems established, including the school clubs, are going to continue being there, helping many more children and their families
"I joined the school in 2010. A change I see is that we now receive support that is long lasting in terms of capacity building and establishment of the school clubs that impact on the lives of children throughout. It helps them know their rights, how to protect themselves and where to go for help if they need it.
"The project enabled students to identify the problems they face, and report them to relevant authorities.
"In my school, the project enabled training for teachers and children leaders in child protection. Even if the project closes today, the systems established, including the school clubs, are going to continue being there, helping many more children and their families."