Platform for Labour Action with support from GlobalGiving is implementing a project entitled “Educate 100 War and HIV/AIDS Orphaned Ugandan Girls”whose overall goal is to empower female children through education in Lango Sub region. This project was started as a response to the 21-year-old LRA war that left many children orphaned and destitute. There is a pressing need for rehabilitation and empowerment of female children through education. Whereas Lira district is no longer affected by war and the communities are in rehabilitation, there remains a need to better the future for all children especially the female through girl child education.
Platform for Labour Action (PLA) through the GlobalGiving Donors and well-wishers are providing support for a better future to eight girls in primary schools (4 in primary six, four in primary seven), and 15 girls in secondary school. 15 girls completed primary seven Last year 2019 a waiting to Join secondary or Vocational schools upon the fund is generated
Details of school beneficiaries for 2020 with their respective schools
Name of student
Name of schools
V.H Public school
Otim Tom Primary School
Omito Primary School
Lira Army primary School
Adyel Boarding Primary School
Adyel Boarding School
Ober Primary School
Sir Samuel Joe Primary School
School monitoring visit
School monitoring visit were made, Administrative Associate Lira field office went to schools to check the welfare of these children, provide them with psychosocial support, checking on their performance at school. During the school visits, schools were demanding for school fees for term one 2020. They noted that our girls were learning and had a complete change from when they started school. The Head teachers appreciated PLA for their role in enabling the girls attain education and commended the role the community members and GlobalGiving have planned in changing these children`s lives.
LOCAL ORGANISTAIONS CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE GIRLS SECONDAREY EDUCATION
PLA Administrative Associate went to different organization and well-wishers requesting funds to support Vulnerable and marginalized children PLA currently supported by PLA so that they can attend secondary school education as majority of the girls had excelled in their studies and need a push to further their education.
During the Visits, organizations and well-wishers who accepted to give their contributions towards supporting these children requested the details for the schools where these children are studying for purposes of making direct fees payment. As such the Administrative Associate gave the school details to these organizations including the details of these children.
On the 27th January 2020 Administrative Associate went to check on these organization to follow up on their pledges towards their support to these children. God helps Uganda an organization in Uganda Pledged to support three of PLA beneficiaries who completed primary seven with good results by sponsoring them with secondary education and they requested Administrative associate to refer them to their office immediately results are out. When the results came out, three children were referred to God Help Uganda and they were taken to secondary school. The school they joined is Mentor Secondary School. They are supporting include Namono, Apio and Alupo.
SCHOOL MONITORING VISITS
The PLA communicated to school Administrators that, the organization is working very hard to see that fees balances are cleared and they should not worry that the organization may not pay school fees for these children.
The schools which were visited include V.H Public school,Otim Tom Primary School,Omito Primary School,Lira Army primary School, Sir Samuel Joe Primary School,Ober Primary School, Adyel Boarding Primary School. A total of 8 female school beneficiaries were met, provided with psychosocial support. We also interacted with their teachers for purposes of enlightening us on the Children’s welfare as well as their academic performance. The Administrative associate requested all School Administrators to continue treating the children with respect and preserving their dignity and the organization pledged to clear the school dues within the course of the course. With the support from GlobalGiving the girls education fees have since been cleared and they wait for their returning to school as COVID 19 pandemic has made all schools to close down until further notice.
The head teacher V.H Public School, following his signing the Memorandum of Understanding with PLA, appreciated PLA so much for supporting poor andvulnreable children. His Advice the organization to provide scholastic materials termly and sanitary towel monthly to ease their staying at school considering their vulnerability as girls. PLA provided sanitary and scholastic materials for the girls as well during the term.
Challenges faced by children
- Some guardians are over working these children after coming from school and in the morning beore going to school.
Action taken by PLA
- Children are taken through counseling to strengthen them psychologically in attaining self-confidence for their future and incase of any challenges arise in their life.
- Schools Visits are being made by the Administrative Associate to check on the progress and performance of the children in both class and games and sport as well as communicating with teachers andsharing ways of sup[porting the children with the teachers.