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Africa’s child population will reach 1 billion by 2055, making it the largest child population among all continents.   Based on continuation of current coverage, more than 300 million of Africa’s 730 million projected births through 2030 will not be attended by skilled health personal. Changing demographics and a growing population in Africa will require an additional 4.2 million health workers above current growth to meet WHO minimum standards and an increase of 1.3 million primary school teachers to meet the best sub-regional performers’ pupil-teacher ratio by 2030.

Source: Unicef

ABOUT

WHO WE ARE

Mtoto News is an Integrated information and media company that is leveraging technology to improve the lives of children by making them visible. Established in February 2017 and registered by the office of the Attorney General, Mtoto News was born out of a need to fill a gap of lack of a platform that is dedicated in reporting children issues and giving children a platform to voice their concerns.

 We aim at making significant change in the lives of children by making them visible in political, corporate, economic, social and development discourse. We are leveraging technology to reach and connect policy makers, project implementers and children.
Our online platforms and communities are designed to trigger conversations on children and come up with solutions, within the shortest time possible.Best Interest of the Child and Child Participation are at the core of our business, hence we ensure to bring in Children voices in every conversation.

OUR MISSION

OUR VISSION

  • A world where children are seen as players and not spectators.

OUR MISSION

  • Making Children Visible.

OUR GOAL

  • To improve child wellbeing by leveraging technology.

OUR OBJECTIVES AND VALUES

OUR OBJECTIVES

1. To provide a platform for child participation.
2. To improve ethical reporting in the Best Interest of the Child.
3. To provide a problem-solving platform where child sector practitioners can engage and collaborate.

OUR VALUES

1. Child participation is in our DNA.
2. We will put the Best Interest of the child first in all our work.
3. We shall endeavor to be Transparent in everything that we do.
4. We will provide Quality services.
5. We will remain Objective in everything that we do.
6. Our work shall be guided by Evidence.
7. We shall adhere to the ‘Do no harm’ principle.

The core of our organisation is an approach that puts the best interests of the child first, while our DNA is child participation. Our vision is a world where children are seen as players and not as spectators. We do this by:

Curating, creating, and circulating

content on children in different ways, including audio, video, written materials, and infographics. We also train journalists on ethical reporting of children’s stories, considering the child’s best interest, and safeguarding.

Child Participation

We believe that children should be seen as players and not spectors and hence we capaciate children, create platforms and allow them to participate. We are working to create child led initiative where children take lead in matters that affect them using digital technology

Research and Data

 Research has a way of making children who are invisible, more so child led research. Mtoto News is working to enable children to be able to inform policy, program and practice using children voices, child led and child informed research.

1 .Training We train children to use digital platforms to speak for themselves Mentorship

2 .Following the training is a three-month mentorship program where there is a pairing of children with experienced journalists who hone their skills

3 .Platforms .During the mentorship, children are provided with a platform to publish their stories and engage decision-makers in different capacities.

4 .Virtual Child Participation Forums We hold regular child participation forums where children can express themselves and interact with decision-makers.
CHILD FRIENDLY MATERIALS

We are designing and developing tools and platforms to enable children to participate in various activities from an informed perspective. The tools include:

  • Games
  • Training
  • Portals
  • Booklets
  • Animations

We have partnered with Save The Children and Graca Machel Trust to develop an online gaming platform to help children learn about their rights and the African Union Processes

Data is the new gold. Unfortunately, the children sector does not utilize the vast amount of data available on children. Mtoto News works with child-focused agencies and government agencies to clean, understand, and visualize the data. In addition to this, Mtoto News has partnered with Data Science platforms to develop Artificial Intelligence (AI) models using available data.  We believe that children should be at the center of solving their problems; hence we endeavor to introduce children to data science and AI at a young age. Our annual growing digital report details the impact of digital media on children.
We believe in the power of collaboration; hence, Mtoto News works to build media capacity to report in the child's best interest.  Consequently, after building media capacity, to create a community of journalists, we make a database of child-focused journalists who focus on reporting children's information.  This community of journalists has been behind children's impact stories in their respective countries.

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Mfumo wa Haki za Watoto Somalia

By Khadija Mbesa Sheria ya kiislamu, sheria ya kimila, na sheria ya jinai ya kidunia inatumika nchini Somalia, ila hakukuwa na sheria madhubuti, inayofanya kazi ya kitaifa na hakuna marufuku wazi ya adhabu ya kifo, adhabu ya viboko au kifungo cha maisha kwa wakosaji watoto kote nchini.  Sheria ya Mpito ya Shirikisho (TFG) ni serikali inayotambuliwa kimataifa ya Somalia. Mnamo 2009, Bunge la Shirikisho la Mpito, lilipiga kura ili kutekeleza sharia kama sheria ya kitaifa. Kulingana na Rais aliyechaguliwa enzi hizo, hii itakuwa tafsiri ya wastani ya ‘Sharia’. Walakini, TFG inadhibiti sehemu kidogo ya mjii mkuu wa Mogadishu, Maeneo mengine kusini mwa Somalia yapo chini ya vikundi vya upinzani venye silaha, haswa Alshabab na Hizbul Islam, ambazo zinaweka tafsiri kali ya sheria ya kiislamu.   Kaskazini, mkoa unaojitawala wa Puntland na jamhuri ya kujitegemea ya Somaliland ina utulivu zaidi, na serikali zinazofanya kazi na mifumo ya sheria.  Hakuna umri wa chini kabisa, wa uwajibikaji wa jinai nchini Somalia. Kulingana na Kusini au Kati mwa somalia na Puntland, kanuni ya adhabu ya somalia 1962 inaweka umri wa chini wa uwajibikaji wa jinai, miaka 14 na inatoa adhabu iliyotengenezwa kwa watoto wenye umri wa miaka 14 hadi 17. Mahakama ya watoto na sheria ya marekebisho 1970, inafafanua mtoto kama chini ya miaka 14, na kijana kama 14-17. Mahakama hiyo yasema kwamba, korti ya watoto ina mamlaka ya kipekee, ya kusikiliza na kuamua kesi zinazohusiana na watoto pamoja na vijana kuhusu kosa lolote lile, isipokuwa mauaji.   Walakini, inawezekana kwamba, sheria hii haijawahi kutekelezwa na sheria mpya ya watoto inaripotiwa kutungwa huko Puntland. Sehemu ya Somaliland, sheria ya vijana 2007, inaweka umri wa uwajibikaji wa jinai kuwa miaka 15, na inalinganisha vifungu vya sheria ya kidunia, na sheria ya kitamaduni. Walakini, sheria haijatekelezwa kikamilifu na kazi nyingi za korti za chini, katika haki za jinai.  Mambo, haswa yanayohusu watoto, yametekelezwa hivi karibuni na kamati za usalama za mkoa. Wakati wa miaka ya 1980, hukumu zilizotolewa na kamati hizi, ni pamoja na kifungo cha maisha na adhabu ya kifo, japokuwa hivi karibuni, sheria hizo zinaonekana kuwa duni.  (Source 1 )  Hivi sasa, mfumo wa kisheria unaosimamia watoto wanaokinzana na sheria umepitwa na wakati, na hauambatani na mkataba wa haki za Mtoto na vyombo vyovyote vinavyotumika vya kimataifa.  Sheria ya vijana ya 1970 ndio kifungu maalum pekee ndani ya mfumo wa sheria ya Somalia, ambao unasimamia matibabu na usimamizi na kuwekwa kizuizini kwa watoto, ndani ya mfumo wa haki ya jinai.  Kama nilivyosema hapo awali, Somalia haikuwa chama cha Mkataba wa haki za Mtoto (CRC) au itifaki zake za hiari enzi hizo.  Chini ya kifungu cha 59 cha sheria ya adhabu, watoto walio chini ya umri wa miaka 14 hawatakuwa na jukumu la jinai. Umri wa uwajibikaji kwa hivyo huanza baada ya miaka 14.  Hakuna vifungu maalum vinavyoongoza matibabu kwa watoto walioko gerezani, au tawala maalum kwa watoto walioko kizuizini. Walakini, kifungu cha

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