The countries in the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (AMECEA) Pastoral Department recently conducted a seminar on the “Implementation of Child and Youth Protection Policy in AMECEA Countries.” The seminar was conducted in Kurasini, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania in collaboration with the Tanzania Episcopal Conference.
In the opening remarks, Fr. Raymond Saba, the Secretary General of Tanzania Episcopal Conference spoke of the violence faced by the children. He indicated the abuses undergone by the children. He told that violence affect growth and hamper pursuit of the children’s dreams and he noted that it was their responsibility to protect the children.
Sr. Kayula Lesa, a member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors told that the protection of children should begin from family. “Parents and all those who take care of children are responsible for building a protective and loving home environment. Likewise, all other Church establishments like schools, Parishes and communities are responsible for building a safe and child-friendly environment outside the child’s home,” the sister told.
Three day seminar was attended by 22 participants from all the AMECEA member countries; Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, South Sudan, Uganda and Zambia.