Dar es Salaam, 13 October, 2020 / 11:43 am (ACI Africa).
An ongoing radio program in Tanzania hosted by children aimed at making children in the East African nation aware of sexual abuse cases and the safeguarding of minors was inspired by the 2019 Vatican meeting on the “Protection of Minors in the Church,” an official who was in the team that spearheaded the program has said.
In a report shared with ACI Africa Monday, October 12, the Coordinator of the World Family of Radio Maria Africa (WF Africa), Paolo Taffuri says the leadership of the organization decided to have the program after reading the Holy Father’s concluding address at the February 2019 meeting, in which Pope Francis called for the protection of children from falling victim to any form of psychological and physical abuse.
WF Africa officials “decided to organize educational radio programs aimed at empowering children and teenagers and their parents so that they can have knowledge and skills on how to protect themselves and others from abuse, by identifying it, preventing it, and denouncing it when necessary,” Mr. Taffuri says in the report.
Aired live on Radio Maria Tanzania every Sunday from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. and repeated on Monday from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m., the program is hosted by children trained in the operations of a radio studio under the guidance of the radio station’s staff.
According to the Tanzania-based Italian national, the children who host the program were identified in a collaborative initiative that also involved the Youth Office of the Tanzanian Episcopal Conference (TEC) and with the children’s respective parents.