Exchange on social and environmental justice

Dear colleagues,

The day was a success. We managed to bring together more than a hundred people. Bearing in mind that the election campaigns are still continuing, that was a good gathering. Most of our friends and invitees from the local governments could not attend and some had to leave during the celebration to attend election issues.

-We read messages from the UN, ATD International Leadership team. We read also the word of the day plus the history of the day, the theme "ACTING TOGETHER TO ACHIEVE SOCIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE FOR ALL", its explanation in a plain simple language and extracts from various sources explaining causes of environmental degradation through human activities.

-Then we had two historically related testimonies from the former quarry of Kunduchi and the present Boko quarry area. These gave a picture of how poor people are exploited and when they are no longer needed, are thrown away like useless trash.

-Then the families in groups from their relevant areas discussed issues and challenges in their areas regarding the theme of the day. A moving testimony came from a man who talked about maltreatment and injustice from his close family members.

People had come to participate, not to watch.

-Participants were dancing to the drum beats from the live culture group performing and the taarabu, sengeli and kwaito music.

-A number of issues had come out during the group discussions. One issue which arose, concerning free education policy, was the contributions in schools employed by teachers which distorted the concept of free education. The issue was taken by an education officer from the municipal council. She left her telephone number to a group of women for further communication.

On their way back home, people continued to discuss the theme of the day.

-In Mbeya people gathered for the first time.

-In Dodoma, our friend Peter M. organized a debate on the theme, "Acting together to achieve social and environmental justice".   

-We did it, while at the same time thinking of our partners in other areas who couldn't come together for the day, thinking of those who face injustice because of who they are, thinking of all the miseries of the poor!

Pictures and other news will be available in the newsletter.

Wishing you all the best,

Mr Saasita