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  • C-Sema Team

Highlights from our time at the 9th Annual UDSM Research and Innovation Week.

Updated: Jul 1

We had the honor of participating in the 9th Annual UDSM Research and Innovation Week, a remarkable three-day event that brought together passionate advocates, researchers, students, and a diverse array of exhibitors showcasing their impactful work across various categories.

This year, we had the chance to showcase the research we conducted with DUCE University, UNICEF, and the Ministry of Community Development, Gender, Elderly, and Children. The research, titled "The State of Violence Against Boys in Tanzania: What Do We Know?", won the Best University-Industry Partnership Award, accentuating the importance of our collective efforts in protecting all children and ensuring no child is left behind. As collaborators on this groundbreaking research, it was exciting to be part of an initiative that not only highlights a critical issue but also paves the way for meaningful change.

One critical insight from the research is the necessity to balance the scale in child protection strategies by including boys in the conversation. Boys, too, suffer from abuse and are often less likely to report it compared to girls. This underreporting makes it imperative to address their unique vulnerabilities and ensure they have equal access to support and protection. Our research highlights the importance of creating an inclusive dialogue that recognizes the struggles of both boys and girls, fostering a comprehensive approach to child protection.

Throughout the event, we engaged in enriching conversations with like-minded individuals, including researchers, policymakers, and educators, discussing the research and its implications. It was particularly inspiring to interact with students from Mlimani Primary School and Chang'ombe Secondary School, hearing these young students express their awareness of the 116 National Child Helpline (our core strategic program) and sharing their experiences of utilizing the service. This feedback was a powerful affirmation of the impact of our outreach and the effectiveness of our programs nationwide.

Our exhibition also drew interest from adults, who engaged in meaningful discussions about the challenges and solutions in child protection. Our booth featured informative brochures, visual displays, and interactive elements, encouraging conversations about our mission and achievements.

A notable visit was from the Deputy Permanent Secretary from the Ministry of Education, Dr. Franklin Rwezimula, who expressed a keen interest in our work and the research findings. He emphasised the importance of promptly sharing these findings with the Ministry to inform educational policies and child protection strategies. His support reinforced the significance of our research and the potential it has to influence positive change at a policy level.

Being part of this event was a wonderful experience. Not only did we share our insights and achievements, but we also learned from other exhibitors dedicated to various important causes. The recognition we received highlights the strides we are making in protecting and empowering children in Tanzania.

As we move forward, we remain committed to implementing the research findings and enhancing our programs to reach even more children and communities. The 9th UDSM Research and Innovation Week was a testament to the power of collaboration and the shared vision of a safer, more supportive environment for every child in Tanzania.

Prepared by C-Sema's communications Team




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