In Tanzania, families and youth are identified as keys to reducing poverty.
DAR ES SALAAM Dar es Salaam
Largest city (pop., 1995 est.: 1,747,000), capital, and major port of Tanzania. Founded in 1862 by the sultan of Zanzibar, it came under the German East Africa Co. in 1887. , Tanzania -- Strengthening families and empowering youth are two key factors in poverty reduction, said experts at a one-day symposium held here on 21 October 2006.
Organized by the Dares Salaam Union Student Organisation (DARUSO) and the Baha'i community of Tanzania, the symposium examined the theme "The Role of Family and Youth in Establishing Brighter Communities."
The event, held on United Nations Day, focused on the Millennium Development Goals “MDG” redirects here. For other uses, see MDG (disambiguation).
The Millennium Development Goals are eight goals that 192 United Nations member states have agreed to try to achieve by the year 2015. (MDGs), a series of targets in the fight against poverty, which were adopted by the United Nations Millennium Summit The Millennium Summit was a meeting among many world leaders lasting three days from 6 September to 8 September 2000 at the United Nations headquarters in New York City. in 2000.
"Basically everybody comes from the family," said Stella M. Manyanya, a Member o f Parliament. "It is at the family whereby the true reflection of the achievement [of the Millennium Development Goals] can be observed."
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Shalli Tumaini of DARUSO said the MDGs "are a recognition that over half a century after the end of WW II, the world remains very far from the ideals of harmony, prosperity and peace inspired by the end of the war.
"For Africa, particularly, the MDGs provide an impetus to reverse deterioration de·te·ri·o·ra·tion
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Other panelists included Adeline Kimambo of Christian Social Christian Social can refer to:
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"Family is the foundation of society," said Mr. Nango, echoing the theme of the symposium. "Having strong families means that you will have strong leaders."
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However, strong families can help overcome these problems by promoting integrity, education, and effective interpersonal leadership, said Ms. Lema.
"Families have to join up and improve societal undertakings like educational, social, economic, environmental, cultural, health, or even religious undertakings in their society or community for a bright future of communities," said Ms. Lema.
More than 100 people attended, including a wide range of representatives from the academic and diplomatic communities, non-governmental organizations “NGO” redirects here. For other uses, see NGO (disambiguation).
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Sohaila Loftus, a representative of the Baha'i community of Tanzania, stressed the importance of the education of women in achieving the goals of reducing poverty, improving health, and promoting education.
It is, Ms. Loftus said, "essential for the child to interact face-to-face with an educated, intelligent, loving, caring mother who will give this child the moral and spiritual grounding he needs in order to grow into an effective adult."
Ms. Loftus also stressed the importance of religion and spirituality as the keys to creating a strong family. "Families should strive to raise children who will choose education and good-will," said Ms. Loftus. "Children should be brought up to bend their wills to the service of the human race, seeing their roles as contributors to communities. These are faith-based concepts."
Both the participants and the organizers felt that the symposium was rewarding.
"There was a high level of thought-provoking discussion and commentary from members of the audience, particularly the university students," said Bryan Tribble, a member of the Office of External Affairs of the Baha'i community of Tanzania.
One outcome of the event was the formation of a team of some two-dozen students, young professionals, journalists, and NGO NGO
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nongovernmental organization representatives, who pledged to join in an effort led by the Baha'is of Tanzania and DARUSO to achieve the MDGs.
Mitra Deliri, director of the Office of External Affairs of the Baha'i community of Tanzania added: "The gathering brought together various organizations who realized that the only way to achieve a meaningful development and fight poverty is to unite and combine efforts by different groups. And that this unity will strengthen the community and society at large."