In spite of its relative stability, Tanzania still struggles to meet the health and education needs of its citizens. In a country of 40 million, more than half of the population lives below the poverty line; life expectancy and productivity of the adult population have been seriously diminished by HIV and AIDS; and the education system, once universally accessible by girls and boys, is now seriously under-funded. Furthermore, young people in Tanzania, who make up approximately 65 per cent of the population, have limited access to education and training, resulting in an increase of unemployment, as well as drug and alcohol abuse. Society also suffers from large gender disparities that restrict the accessibility and availability of basic services for girls and women.
Right to Play started its operations in Tanzania in July 2001, with the launch of a project focused on refugee camps located in the western part of the country. The organization expanded to the capital, Dar es Salaam, in February 2002, with programs that support of government efforts to manage broad development issues, including: disease, poverty, gender inequality, drug abuse and education.
In confronting these challenges, Right To Play is focused on training local leaders in HIV and AIDS prevention and child development using three main sport and play-based education program resources: Red Ball Child Play, Live Safe, Play Safe, and Abilities First. These program resources use holistic child development activities to actively engage children in the critical processes of their education. Aligned with national targets for the Millennium Development Goals, Right To Play programs in Tanzania seek to improve the quality of basic education, build life skills and promote the health and social development of children and youth.
By creating a safe and interactive learning environment for children and youth, Right To Play is supporting the development of critical leadership skills that will enable Tanzania’s youngest generations to actively participate in the positive growth and development of their communities, ensuring a better, more secure future for themselves and their peers.
In 2011, Right To Play plans to reach: 45,000 children and youth (48 per cent female); 1,174 coaches and leaders; 68 schools; 8 community centers
Partners: Jamii Imara; Serengeti Disabled Development Association (SEDIDEA); Faraja Trust Fund; Pastoral Activities and Services for people with AIDS Dar es Salaam Archdiocese (PASADA); Dogodogo Centre; Dar Es Salaam Independent School League (DISL); and the District and Municipal Council School.