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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

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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It’s amazing what local leaders can do in the campaign to end child marriages in our communities. Joy For Children Uganda was blessed to engage local leaders from the sub counties of Hakibaale, Buheesi, Kibiito, Ruteete, Mugusu and the South Division of Fort Portal Munincipality. Among the local leaders were;  police officers, Community Development Officers, Local Council leaders, probation officers, child protection committe members, health assistants, religious and opinion leaders, senior men and women teachers, sub county leaders and district counselors.

In one of the meetings, the local leaders identified intervention mechanisms and structures that address child marriages and teenage pregnancies, the common social injustices in Kabarole. The local leaders identified the Community development officer, Chairperson and Vice chairperson Local council 1, child protection committees at both village and subcounty level and police to form the structure that would spearhead the campaign because of the influence they have in communities. Having identified the structure, the local leaders also proposed that there should be sensitization of parents on parenting skills and tasking police to handle cases of child marriage in line with legal provisions, setting by laws at sub county level, empowering girls in life skills and economic empowerment at household level as intervations in the campaign to end the identified social injustices.

The local leaders committed themselves to identify needy families so they can take the responsibility to link them to the available opportunities and refer them for services because poverty had been identified as one of the major causes of child marriages.

 

The local leaders, together with our staff, made the action plan where some of the activities like sensitization at village level, radio programs, outreaches to churches and schools were identified and planned for.

 

The sub county leadership pledged to monitor schools regulary as  one of the ways of identifying  their needs. This would help address issues  of poor class room structures and lack of washrooms

in their strategic plans and budgets. In an effort to implement what had been agreed upon, Ruteete subcounty lobbied from the District two washrooms for girls at Ruteete secondary school. Washrooms help promote menstrual hygiene among teenage girls which if not well handled, can lead to girls’ dropping out of school.  

 

Finally, the local leaders committed themselves to innact a by – law to Levy heavy tax on the marijuana gardens and the individual people who trade in it. This was reached at as an intervantion to reduce on drug abuse since it is one of the causes of defilement leads to early marriages.

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Name: Stella

Age: 16

Class: S3

School: Mpaga secondary school

Parish –Kihondo

Butulya –village

 

JFCU donated a goat to her a goat in 2015 but it died. It was replaced with another kid.

Stella is a total orphan who lives with her grandmother.

The grandmother first struggled to support Stella's schooling with the little resources she had.

Since the grand mother struggled to pay her school fees, Stella used to miss school a lot and nearly dropped out.

But now,  she sells the kids to get money to buy scholastic materials and other necessities at home.

Stella is also privileged with sponsorship through the GNB empower project and she is now in a better school.

‘’I am very happy to have changed school and I am assured of good performance at Senior Four," Said Kiiza.

Kiiza wants to become a lawyer in future so as to help inspire more girls to keep in school until completion and also be an advocate to volnerable girls and women.

We thank you, our donor, for your support. Because of you, we have enabled Stella and other vulnerable girls keep in school.  

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When we started doating goats to volunarable girls so they could keep in school, we had the faith that more girls would keep in school because goats would meet some of their school needs.

Last week, we were able to catch up with with four of the beneficiaries that have made it to secondary level. the girls were were poud to have made it that far. One of them revealed that JFCU's first visit to her home was the turning point for a transformed living by her parents. They always look up to teacher coordinators in case of need to let JFCU know of anything about them. 

The goats donated to them still serve as a covenant between their families and JFCU that they should keep in school until completion.

With the ever increasing need to support more girls keep in school, we kindly ask for your continued financial support so we can buy more goats so that we can make more "covenants" with parents in karagura sub county to keep their girls in school.   

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It was amazing listening to the girls narrate their journey with Joy for Children Uganda from primary to secondary schools! Last week, we worked with community volunteers and school coordinators to catch up with direct beneficiaries of the project. We realised some girls have lost their goats but they are stil in school through great difficulties. Those that stiil have them are excited with the way they are supporting them in their studies.

We appreciate your generosity for with your support, we have enabled more girls keep in school and persue their dreams.

We ask you to join us one more time and we reach out to more volnerable girls, especially those that have joined post primary education but have lost their goats or sold them off completely. We are afraid that if we do not intervene, they will drop out of schools and give inn to early marriages.


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