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Ending Child Marriage
Ending Child Marriage

The Graça Machel Trust was instrumental in training civil society organisations in the four UNICEF-Graça Machel Trust core countries. The training targeted CSO’s that focus on ending child marriage and raising awareness to deliver effective advocacy messages to decision-makers. Through the joint hosting of the side event at the Zambia Summit on ending child marriage, the Trust succeeded in forging valuable partnerships that may influence policy in future.Read More...

THE MARA ALLIANCE - ADDRESSING HARMFUL TRADITIONS TO SUPPORT CONTINUED EDUCATION FOR CHILDREN
THE MARA ALLIANCE - ADDRESSING HARMFUL TRADITIONS TO SUPPORT CONTINUED EDUCATION FOR CHILDREN

In July 2015, thirteen NGOs and faith-based organisations came together and drew up a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that formed the Mara Alliance. The Alliance enjoys representation across seven communities in Tanzania, including Musoma Rural, Rorya District, Tarime District, Serengeti District, Bunda and Butiama Districts.Read More...

Country Networks Tanzania
Country Networks Tanzania

In partnership with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the Trust undertook a successful advocacy and planning mission to Tanzania in January 2015. Strategic meetings were held with various state and civil society organisations (CSO’s), including the Ministry of Constitutional and Legal Affairs; the Ministry for Community, Development, Gender & Children; UNICEF Tanzania; UNFPA; University of Dar es Salaam; Twaweza; Children’s Dignity Forum; AMREF and Room to Read amongst others. A critical outcome of the mission was the identification of the Mara Region as a priority area where a series of interventions could be undertaken.Read More...

The Mara Education Project: From Advocacy to Implementation

Holding the pledge signed by key stakeholders and Mrs Machel at launch of Mara Education Project.

The Mara Region was declared a priority area for the development of a unified intervention to address the needs of out of school children.
Our Founder challenged the Mara community to form an alliance to undertake a more coordinated approach to tackle education challenges and child marriage in the region. Following intense preparation between the Trust, the Mara Alliance, local partners joined hands to start of the out of school children (OOSC) project in partnership with Educate A Child (EAC) on this ambitious project to identify, enrol and retain 10 000 out of school children by December 2017 in Mara region.

On 4 April, the Mara OOSC project was officially launched, to an estimated one hundred people. In attendance were representatives from government, civil society, school boards, as well as the Mara Alliance, who all pledged their to support the project.