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Delay Marriage Promote Schooling for Ugandan Girls

by Joy for Children-Uganda
Delay Marriage Promote Schooling for Ugandan Girls
Delay Marriage Promote Schooling for Ugandan Girls
Delay Marriage Promote Schooling for Ugandan Girls
Delay Marriage Promote Schooling for Ugandan Girls
Delay Marriage Promote Schooling for Ugandan Girls
Delay Marriage Promote Schooling for Ugandan Girls

In an effort to intensify the campaign to end child marriage in uganda, JFCU has launched an online petition to the Speaker of the parliament of the republic of Uganda to enact a law to end child marriages in the country. Our major aim is to have full legal support that will supplement activities, and those of other Civil Society Organisations  that participate in campaigns to end childmarriages in uganda. If  childmarriages are reduced, more ugandan girls will keep in school until completion...they will be helped to live lives of their dreams.

This petition comes at the right time when school children in uganda are in second term holiday where some of the school chilldren can access sign in to Facebook to react to posts like the said petition we have posted on our page.

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Sensitising parents on the role of a peaceful home
Sensitising parents on the role of a peaceful home

Joy for children Uganda is working with communities in kabarole District to end violence against children as one of the ways to delay marriage and promote schooling. currently, the participating communities include; The South Division of fort Portal Municipality, Kabonero Sub county, Buheesi Sub county, Hakibaale Sub county, Karago Town council , Karangura sub county and Kichwamba Sub county. Violence Against Children campaigns involve;

Community dialogues In Buheesi, Karangura and Hakibaale sub counties, we conduct community dialogues at village levels with an aim of involving the masses in discussions centred on issues concerning the role of the community in creating a violence-free environment for children, the contribution of drug abuse to violation of children’s rights, early marriage as one of the forms of violence against children and rights for children.

Home to home sensitisations We work with local leaders of participating sub counties of to conduct home to home sensitisations addressing the dangers of child neglect, sanitation, parenting and savings and investments. This exercise aims at equipping parents/guardians and elders with knowledge and skills that can promote a peaceful living in families. We believe, when families leave in peace, there can hardly be violence against children in Kabarole.

Community sensitisations: Owing to the high rates of Violence against children in Buheesi sub county, Kabonero Sub county and the South Division of Fort Portal Division, we have sought partnership with local leaders to sensitise the residents on matters relating to Violence Against children. Community sensitisation is done with the major aim of enlightening the masses on Violence Against Children, how they contribute to it and how they can start creating a change in their communities by preventing and responding to VAC cases.

Home improvement campaigns

From our continued engagements with communities in matters relating to children, it is important to note that home improvement cannot be separated from the campaign to end violence against children. In this campaign, we are engaging the communities of Karangura an  Karago Town Councils in the home improvement campaigns with the aim of creating a good home environment, the key to children’s development.    

The VHT Kabonero Sub county talking to parents
The VHT Kabonero Sub county talking to parents
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Joy For Children Uganda, through the campaign to end Violence Against Children in Kabarole District, has engaged with schools and communities to meet the set objectives for the project.

 School visits have been conducted through school-based field activities with an aim of reducing school dropouts in Kabarole District.  For example; at Buhara Primary School, out of the 57 dropout cases identified in December, 2018, 54 children have been able to go back to school.

Through JFCU’s partnership with Kabarole District, Kichwamba Community and Vocational School has been established to cater for children from vulnerable families. This is aimed at reducing VAC, particularly early marriages by making sure that all children are kept in school. Beneficiaries of this project pay subsidised school fees of Ushs 40,000 per term. This intervention has encouraged more parents enroll their daughters for post primary education. By end of First Term, 2019, a total of 98 children had benefited.

Primary schools in the area engage in drama, music and poems to sensitise parents on child neglect, corporal punishments and any form of VAC. JFCU takes the responsibility of facilitating such activities. Performances are done on themes that have been agreed upon. 

At community level, sensitizations at village levels have been carried out to empower parents with knowledge about the importance of education. JFCU has also carried out and community dialogues at village levels. By April, 2019, JFCU had reached Ibonde, Kitarasa and Katunguru to sensitize the masses on issues concerning VAC and home improvement.

In our operations, we work with local leaders so as to easily enforce the law against people that violate children’s rights. Through this effort, one case of child marriage in Kisenyi, one of Fort Portal’s suburbs was identified by the chairperson of the VAC committee in Kabarole district in February, 2019.

Secondly, the Local Council of South Division, Fort Portal Municipality is working with the Officer in Charge, Fort Portal Police and the school administration to enforce effective case management.

It has also been agreed upon that defilement cases should be handled by the Officer in Charge,Fort Portal Police. Survivors are introduced on PEP treatment and/or emergency pills to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS and unwanted pregnancies respectively.

We appreciate your donation towards our project. With your continued support, we strive to create more opportunities to keep the children in uganda's rural areas in school.

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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.

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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.

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One of the groups engage in a discussion
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