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May 13, 2019

Use of Information, Communication and Education (ICE) Materials as a strategy to End child marriage

Information, Communication and Education (ICE) materials cannot be ignored in advocacy campaigns to delay marriage and promote schooling for boys in Uganda.

In our operations in Western Uganda, we decided to embrace the production of ICE materials to inform people of the region about what we do and cause topics of discussion on ways to recast perceptions on a girl child in communities they live.

The materials printed included; 100 caps, 100 brochures, 3 banners, 2 pull up banners, 1000 posters and 50 boxes of pens. Calendars (100), Stickers (1,000) and T-shirts (200) have been printed in the in addition to those earlier printed.

Joy For Children Uganda has been printing and distributing Information, Education, Communication (I.E.Cs) materials to schools, parents and leaders at district, sub county and zone levels.

We are grateful to all our dear donors for the financial support that that has made us have a big impact on the people of Western Uganda. We target to print and distribute more 100 brochures, 1000posters, 1000 calendars and 300 t-shirts from June to December, 2019.

Together, we shall end child marriage in Uganda.

May 10, 2019

Community Dialogues Key Tool to End Child Marriages in Uganda

One of the participants making his submission
One of the participants making his submission

Given the African culture, child upbringing is the community’s resposibility. Joy for Children Uganda  conducts  community dialogues in initiative to Delay Marriage and Promote Schooling for Gilrls and boys.

 

Dialogues comprise 20-40 community members held at lower community levels and local governments. During the dialogues, participants are given a platform to discuss  the drivers of child marriage in their communities and the interventions they think will or can work to end the vice.  We also discuss the impact child marriage had on the  girls, family and community at large.

The participants targeted for community dialogues include but not limited to; Local Council (LC) 1 chairpersons, members of Child Protection Committee (CPC), Village Health Teams (VHTs), Para Social Workers (PSW), Family and Protection Officer, Teachers, Health Workers, Church and Opinion Leaders, Police Officers, students and community members

 

The objective of community dialogues is to create a platform where communities directly participate in identifying the problems they face and also be part of the solution. The dialogues also enable the community to access information and openly discuss a wide range of issues affecting girls in their community, and develop solutions to the problems discussed. The outcome of these dialogues empower communities with more knowledge and skills necessary in decision and problem solving processes to benefit not only the girls but also the boys.

 

Through continued engagement of the communities through dialogues, the following strategies have been embraced as means of strengthening the campaign to end child marriage in Uganda:

 

The local leaders take lead in using different platforms like burials, parties and leaders’ meetings to sensitise masses on early marriage.  

Local leaders make plans for village meetings to sensitize parents and children about the impact of child marriage and what they can do to prevent them.  

Religious leaders are tasked to integrate matters of delaying marriage and promoting schooling for girls and boys in their sermons since churches are soft grounds for passing on information.

Parents are tasked to be friendly to their adolescent girls so as to encourage them freely share the challenges they face daily.

Every member of the community is tasked be responsible enough to always identify a problem, give the necessary advice, guide, and report, refer and follow up cases at police stations as one of the effective ways to end child marriages and teenage pregnancies.

One of the groups engage in a discussion
One of the groups engage in a discussion
May 8, 2019

Community Dialogue as a strategy to end child marriages in Uganda

Given the African setting, child upbringing is the community’s resposibility, the reason why Joy For Children Uganda opted to include community dialogues in the Delay Marriage Promote Schooling for Girls and Boys campaign.

 

Dialogues of 20-40 community members were held in sub-counties of Mususu, Kibiito and Kihondo. During the dialogues, participants were introducted to child marriage and the impact it has on girls, family and community.

The objectives of this community dialogue was to give the community the opportunity to access information and discuss openly a wide range of issues which particularly affect girls in their community and develop solutions to the problems discussed. The outcome of these dialogues would lead to more democratic community and house hold decision making processes not only for the girls’ well-being but also boys’.

 

Among the participants were; LC1 chairpersons, child protection committee (CPSC) members, village health teams (VHTs), Para social workers (PSW), family and protection officer, teachers, Health workers, Church and opinion leaders, police officers, students and community participants

The communities were given an opportunity to share social norms and traditional practices  that perpetuate child marriage.

The major achievement of the dialogues was reached when it was resolved that:

a) The local leaders were to take lead in using different platforms like burials, parties and leaders’ meetings to sensitise people on early marriage.  

b) Local leaders were to also plan for village meetings to sensitize parents and children as well.

c) Religious leaders were tasked to matters of delaying marriage and promoting schooling for girls and boys  in their sermons since churches are soft grounds for passing on information where information is easily passed on during such days or occasions.

 

d) Parents should be friendly to their adolescent girls so as to make them freely share the challenges they face daily.

 

e)  Every member of the community should be responsible enough to always identify a problem, give the necessary advice, guide, and report, refer and follow up cases at police stations as one of the effective ways to end child marriages and teenage pregnancies..

 
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