This project continues to make a big difference in the lives of the girls that are gettingthe support and this has eased their access to education that has in turn built their self-esteem through their continuous counselling from Platform for Labour Action.
14 monitoring visits were made in this quarter both in school and the different homes that beneficiaries leave in. 20 girls were reached during the school visits well as 7 girls were reached during the home visits made. During the school visits the beneficiaries were encouraged to perform better and read hard for their end of year/promotional examinations.
HOLIDAY EVENT/PLAY DAY
This quarter an opportunity was provided for the beneficiaries to share games and play with fellow beneficiaries, find solutions to their problems as well as share experiences and interact. Other issues suchas their end of year performance are discussed and their expectations as wellas future aspirations are laid out and expressed for guidance. Among otherthings the beneficiaries were able to receive clothes, Sanitary pads, deodorants and shoes.
During the school and home monitoring visits the beneficiaries are talked and alsocounselled. During the visits, the beneficiaries are able to share personal issues. While in school thebeneficiariesare supported on how to perform better and also guided, the school teachershave been involved in the discussion to work together with PLA staff to ensurethe improvement of the beneficiaries in both school and class work.
CASE STORY OF ACAN ZAITUNZaitun is one of PLA beneficiaries who has benefited from the project since last year 2012, she sat her primary leaving examinations but due to continuous illness as a result of her HIV/AIDS status, she was unable to perform to her expectation. At the beginning of this year, Zaitun again fell sick being unable to continue with school and up to date, she is still recovering. She shared her dreams and future plans with the desire to continue with her studies and hopes to repeat primary seven so that she is able to perform better in her primary leaving examinations next year in 2014.
CAREER GUIDANCE IN SCHOOLS AND PLA BENEFICARIES
During the quarter we were able to reach 2 schools of Adyel primary school and Sir SamuelJoe Nursery and primary schools with different messages, the pupils and our beneficiaries of the mentioned school were reached also other topics on children’s rights, how to choose a career and the need to work hard to attain ones dream. Continuous career guidance was rendered to the beneficiaries during the holidays.
PRIMARY LEAVING PUPILS
8 girls this year sat their primary leaving examinations. PLA program Assistant was able to attend 2 different dedication prayers in the schools of Lira Police primary school and Lira primary school on behalf of the beneficiaries parents, the dedications prayers were encourage the beneficiaries and strengthen them duringtheir examinations.
Deborah is a 17 year old girl who graduated in hair dressing from Nile Vocational Institute Jinja in March 2013.She is a former child domestic worker who dropped out of School in 2009 due to lack of school fees after her primary seven. After her father’s death, her poor peasant mother could not further her education dueto her low income. She decided to come to Kampala to find a job and only got a domestic work job. During her time of work, she used to do everything at home and could not rest. Through one of our taskforce members (Ms. Naluwu Magaret).
PLA identified her, rescued her and placed her at Nile vocational institute Jinjawhere she gained vocational practical skills in hair dressing. Presently she has a job as a hair dresser and she is the manager of the salon and the manager as well. She said that she earns a salary of 50,000/= a month and her meals and accommodation are fully catered .During our visit she says that “Unlike before, today I can afford buying basic necessities like clothes and basic necessities to look good”.
Platform for labour Action continues to provide support to 27 girls with school lunch, scholastic materials and physiological support in all aspects of their lives, this with support from Global Giving.The beneficiaries go to government owned schools whose funding for school fees mainly comes from the Ugandan government, the schools that the girls go include: Elia Olet primary school, Lira Modern primary school, Lira police primary school, Lira primary school, Ojwina primary school, Starch Factory primary school, Lango Quran primary school, King James primary school, Railways primary school, Adyel primary school, Canon Lawrence primary school, Lira Parents’ primary school and Sir Samuel Joe nursery and primary school and secondary schools of Dara Christian high school, Savior secondary school and St Mary’s girls secondary school Aboke.
This project has made a difference in the lives of so many girls in northern Uganda and has eased access to education which has in turn built their self-esteem and performance through the continuous counselingand monitoring received from Platform for Labour Action.
In this quarter of July, August and September 2013, there were various activities that were carried out in the project as highlighted below.
10 monitoring visits were made to PLA beneficiaries, the School visited included; Sir Samuel Nursery and primary school, Railways primary school, Lango Quran primary school, Lira police primary school, Saviorssenior secondary primary, Adyel primary school, Lira modern primary school, Lira police primary school, Lira primary school and Starch Factory Primary school.
The purpose for these visits was to ensure that the beneficiaries’ problems affecting their performances are discussed and forwarded to PLA office for solution. During the visits, the beneficiaries were talked to on one on one basis while sharing their experience about life at and out of school. The children also shared their experiences and the change realized since PLA started supporting them.
All the beneficiaries that were talked to got counseling from the organization, some of the beneficiaries were able to share personal issues while the majority had mainly challenges at school psychological support was therefore provided to those children who seem to decline in performance to help them realize the importance of education andthus improve on their performances.
The teachers were too involved in the discussion to work together with PLA staff to ensure the improvement of the beneficiaries at school. The beneficiaries in schools further discussed their performances and came to better conclusion that they will seek help from their teachers and hold group discussions to help improve on their performances.
In the coming quarter we will continue to monitor the beneficiaries both in school and in their homes where they stay with their guardians, counseling will also be carried on a one on one basis as well as in groups.
With 6 of the beneficiaries writing their final primary leaving examinations in the different schools, they will need prayers, guidance and encouragement which will be provided so that the beneficiaries are able to work hard and perform better. During the school break, the beneficiaries will also get to have a play day where they will receive clothes play different kinds of games ranging from football, handball, skipping etc and also get to share theirend of year experiences with PLA staff.