|participants attentively listening to what should be done to prevent violence against children|
Despite the prevailing laws and conventions on the rights of the child, children have remained the most vulnerable and marginalized group in the world and Uganda in particular. Violence against children is bred by society, adults, family members and peers at school and community level. Violence can be physical, emotional, economic, sexual; and psychological (SCIU 2005), it also includes child abuse in form of beating, tying, burning, corporal punishments, and denial of food, school fees, cloths and shelter. Girls and boys suffer different forms of violence. Girls are faced with sexual violence, denial of a good health environment to meet their sexual reproductive needs like sanitary facilities access to health and education, while boys are faced with physical violence in form of corporal punishments by adults.
|Mr.Murugahara John giving the project overview|
Following the above background, Rwenzori Consortium for Civic Competence (RWECO) with support from the East African Children Fund (EAFC) has come up with a project “Community-led Mechanisms to Prevent Violence Against Children and Adolescents”. The project aims at curbing down the vice through a community-led approach through economic empowerment of women, strengthening capacity of school management committees living within the school environment.
The project will be implemented by the RWECO member organizations of Rwenzori Information Centres Network (RIC-NET), Karambi Action Life Improvement (KALI), Democracy Link- Africa (RIDE-AFRICA), Good Hope Foundation for Rural Development (GHFRD) and Kasese Guide Radio to do all the media activities. This pilot project is targeting eight sub-counties of Karambi, Kitholhu, Nyakiyumbu, Kisinga, Karusandara, Maliba, Kitswamba and Katwe Kabatooro town council and 16 schools selected from each of these sub-counties in Kasese district. RIC-NET as a partner organization was given the schools of Kanyatsi, Karambi, Kyabikere and Kamasasa primary schools to operate in.It is upon that background that RICNET held a joint sensitization meeting on 17th Nov.2015 at Bwera Teachers College about violence against children for headteachers, PTA, school management committees, senior women and masters of the schools of Karambi, Kamasasa, Kanyatsi and Kyabikere primary schools as the area of operation for the project. The area inspector of schools Mr. Biryande. M. Edson and the C.D.O Kitholhu sub county Mr. Mukokoma Bwambale Paul also attended the meeting.
|"Education is every child's right" he cries out loud|
|PTA member gives his views about violence against children|
|C.D.O explaining how bad violence against children is|
The discussion was so interactive where teachers from different schools shared their experiences and ideas among which include; special counselor teachers should be employed specifically to give counseling to children, sex education should be provided to children to prepare them into responsible adults, teachers should take note of the violent characters in their pupils and find the appropriate ways of correcting them, teachers should make school the best place for the children to be and opening of term parents meeting should be held in each schools to teach the parents what to do in abide to prevent violence against children among others. The meeting ended successfully, teachers and the government officials appreciated and welcomed the project while willing to work hand in hand with NGOs to kick the vice out of Uganda.
|Some of the acts being decampaigned by Rweco through the project|