Apply to Join
 Children  Uganda Project #18515

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

 JUNE, 2016

 JOY FOR CHILDREN UGANDA

REPORT FOR THE REVIEW OF THE ACTION PLAN TO END CHILD MARRIAGES IN BUTALEJA DISTRICT HELD ON 8TH JUNE 2016

 AT BUTALEJA DISTRICT HEADQUATERS

THE REVIEW OF THE ACTION PLAN TO END CHILD MARRIAGE

Problem Statement

Uganda is one of the  African countries with high rates of child marriages/child brides. It holds the eleventh position in Africa with 46% of girls below the age of 18 years forced or and  lured into marriages. According to UNFPA, the prevalence of child marriages is highest in the Northern region at 59%, followed by Western region at 58%, Eastern Uganda at 52% with Kampala having the lowest rate at 21%.

Butaleja district is one of the top 5 districts in Uganda with the highest rates of child marriages/brides in the Eastern region at 46%. Most of these girls drop out of school due reasons like poverty, poor performance in class, among others and get married at an early age. (UNFPA 2013)

Early marriages and the resultant pregnancies are the biggest causes of deaths in 15-19year old girls accounting to 20% of maternal deaths in Uganda. Those who survive pregnancies suffer lasting complications like fistula and disability (UNICEF-2014).  Ending child marriages in Africa especially Uganda requires the efforts and commitments of every stake holder, including parliamentarians, district leaders, religious leaders, academia, private sector, etc.

It’s due to this brief background that in 2015, Joy for Children Uganda in partnership with Butaleja district local government convened stake holders meeting in the district to develop an action plan to address issues of child marriages and teenage pregnancies in Butaleja district. As a follow up on the action plan and its implementation, another meeting was held on 8th June at Butaleja district headquarters to harmonize the entire process.

Objectives of the Meeting

  1. To present the draft action plan to the new leadership (District executive committee) to have their inputs and prioritize its implementation.
  2. To Review the action plan and adopt it for implementation.

The Meeting

The District Chairperson Mr. Waya Richard welcomed all the participants and thanked them for honoring the invitations to attend the meeting.

He highlighted on the purpose of the meeting and requested participants to actively input or subtract anything necessary in the action plan.

He requested Universal Health Development Foundation with always invite media during such important meetings such the rest of the world gets to know what is to going on and learn from others.

He informed the participants that he feels sad whenever Butaleja is named among the top District with high rates to child marriages, teenage pregnancies, maternal deaths, school drop outs all most all sectors.

He thanked JFCU for implementing activities that contribute to development and well-being of people in Butaleja District.

He urged participants to always welcome partners wherever they come to implement work in the District.

Action Plan

The draft action plan was presented, inputs and changes were made by participants and a final action plan was development. Some of the suggested action activities include;

  • Prosecution of perpetrators
  • Conducting radio Programmes
  • Conducting school outreaches in the district to openly talk about child Marriage and its consequences
  • Capacity Building for TOTs at S/C and school level
  • Conducting community dialogues on child marriage issue.
  • Conducting community dialogues on child marriage issue. this will be done on market days, prayers days and community Barazas
  • Making child marriage a discussion point on every district and sub county levels meetings and Monday Police parades and  
  • Follow up on child Marriage cases, Review Meetings about the progress of the project.

Keys Points to Note

  1. The District Chairperson Mr. Waya Richard advised the partners to always be flexible while implementing activities in the District.
  2. The District planner requested the partners to always follow proper systems when they need to get information from the District.
  3. The District Chairperson requested the partners to always disclose their work plans and budgets to avoid duplication of work.
  4. That for a partners to be recognized by the District they must be implementing suitable continuous projects and programs on grass roots.
  5. There should be review meetings for the implementation of this action plan on a quarterly basis to see the progress the project.  

Attachments: Share on Twitter Share on Facebook

This dialogue was organizes mainly to address two objectives which included;

       I.            To generate and document commitments, political will and strategies proposed by candidates towards ending child marriages and teenage pregnancies in Butaleja district once elected in their respective political positions.

    II.            To sensitize the community and create awareness about the dangers of child marriages and teenage pregnancies to both the individual families and the community at large.

Methodology:             

A week prior the day of the dialogue, we held a planning and security meeting with the district security, Resident district commissioner, office of the CAO, office of gender and child protection, representatives of the candidates among others, at the district headquarters. The aim of this meeting was to harmoniously plan for the event, rectify on the child marriage questions, plan for security since it was a season of political climax and distribute roles and responsibilities to every stakeholder.

The dialogue was conducted mainly in Lunyole (the local language) as the language of communication which enabled equal participation by all members. The Assistant Chief Administrative officer was the moderator of the dialogue assisted by a member from civil society organization. Each candidate was given maximum of 10 Minutes to make their submissions/views and 5 minutes to respond to questions related to child marriages.  In order to keep the dialogue focused, any question to a particular candidate was asked through the moderators.

The dialogue was broadcasted LIVE on Open Gate FM radio station which was chosen because of its wide coverage in the region and the most accessible and listened to by the majority community members in Butaleja district.


Attachments: Share on Twitter Share on Facebook

Uganda falls among the 15 worst African countries with high numbers of child bribes. Nearly half (46%) of girls are married by 18, and 12% are married by age 15. If we are to enable the adolescent girls of this and the next generation to live up to their potential, we must end the practice of child marriage and support married girls to be all that they can be.

 Joy for Children –Uganda with funding from Global Giving (online crowd funding platform) is implementing a project dubbed; Delay Marriage, Promote Schooling for Girls in Uganda aimed at eradicate the harmful practice of child marriage. The project activities include; dissemination of learning materials, assist local leaders to develop action plans to end child marriage, conduct community dialogues and   raising awareness, changing behavior and empowering communities with the Knowledge and tools needed to resist child marriage. Promote the effective implementation of strong laws and policies with a bearing on children especially the girl child and promote the fulfilment of their human rights.

From the engagement with local governments leader of butaleja district a number of action were commited by the leaders. Among others include the following in summary;

The finance officer mentioned that leaders should not look at Non-Government Organizations as sources of funds for the problems that are faced in the area. He urged that Government should work hand in hand with the organizations. He made commitment of saving a percentage of the district revenues handling child marriage cases in the district.

The religious leader of Butaleja district Sheik Mukawa Swaibu made a commitment to talk about child marriage and how it can be reduced in Butaleja during their prayer time.

The District Police Commander of Butaleja made a commitment to work with the organization and also handle child marriage cases without tolerating any bribery from the community so that the issue is solved.

The Rev. George Kyampwine also made a commitment to preach the gospel of ending child marriage in Butaleja during church masses and after the mass so that the community gets to know that child marriage is a bad for the community.   

NB: Full report and photos are attached. 

Thank you very much for continued support. 


Attachments: Share on Twitter Share on Facebook

Joy for Children –Uganda through Global Giving is implementing a project to eradicate the harmful practice of child marriage through raising awareness, changing behaviour and empowering communities with the knowledge and tools needed to resist child marriage. Promote the effective implementation of strong laws and policies with a bearing on children especially the girl child and promote the fulfilment of their human rights. Develop and implement human developmental activities such as capacity building and entrepreneurial programs that would mitigate the effects

 

The project campaigns to encourage girls and the community to delay marriage and promote schoolling especially for the girl child.

 

The activities being carried out include; provide girls with scholastic materials and sanitary towels to keep them in school, Print and disseminate learning materials on child marriage, Assist local leaders to develop action plans to prevent child marriages, Help people understand the risks and negative impacts of child marriage, linking the project with district and national level government policy changes through advocacy activities, Training, community dialogues and distribution of information, education and communication materials among others.

In this report, two major project activities are reported on;

a) Help people understand the risks and negative impacts of child marriage

b) Training, community dialogues and distribution of information, education and communication materials

Links:


Attachments: Share on Twitter Share on Facebook

Since the beginning of the year, with your support we went ahead to prevent girls from becoming victims of child marriages as a result of customs prevalent in the rural area of Karangura sub county, Kabarole district. We held bought and gave out text books to girls in Kibwa and Mahyoro primary schools and held a planning meeting with community local leaders, police, and other key stakeholders in order to raise awareness and bring child marriage to an end. One of the key strategies was coming up a bi-law against child marriage.

 

We utilized the little resources, to buy books for children in two primary schools, created awareness, held meetings with local leaders and carried out follow up meeting with local leaders to end child marriages in Karangura Sub County. We also held radio talk shows on three fm radio stations of Jubilee fm, Hits fm, and Life fm to raise mass awareness throughout the district and beyond. Before this project, child marriage was considered a source of income to many families of girls, but the bi-law against marriage has created a lot of impact to girls. After being sensitized, we have received requests from other sub counties and neighbouring districts of Kyenjojo and Bundibugyo to scale up our activities to those places. The police, who otherwise looked the other way due lack of information, also took action, setting an example for those parents who despite receiving information insisted to allow marriages for their daughters. Since our involvement, the child marriages in the sub county have decreased.

 

This report highlights activities carried under the project entitled “Delay marriage, promote schooling for Ugandan girls” which is funded by GlobalGiving UK through the online fundraising. The activities included a follow meeting with the community leaders held at Karangura Sub county, Kabarole district.


Attachments: Share on Twitter Share on Facebook
 

About Project Reports

Project Reports on GlobalGiving are posted directly to globalgiving.org by Project Leaders as they are completed, generally every 3-4 months. To protect the integrity of these documents, GlobalGiving does not alter them; therefore you may find some language or formatting issues.

If you donate to this project or have donated to this project, you will get an e-mail when this project posts a report. You can also subscribe for reports via e-mail without donating.

Get Reports via Email

We'll only email you new reports and updates about this project.

Organization Information

Joy for Children-Uganda

Location: Kampala, Uganda - Uganda
Website:
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @joyforchildren
Project Leader:
Joy for Children Uganda
Kampala, Uganda
$48,739 raised of $55,000 goal
 
638 donations
$6,261 to go
Donate Now
lock
Donating through GlobalGiving is safe, secure, and easy with many payment options to choose from. View other ways to donate

Joy for Children-Uganda has earned this recognition on GlobalGiving:
Add Project to Favorites

Help raise money!

Support this important cause by creating a personalized fundraising page.

Start a Fundraiser

Learn more about GlobalGiving

Teenage Science Students
Vetting +
Due Diligence

Snorkeler
Our
Impact

Woman Holding a Gift Card
Give
Gift Cards

Young Girl with a Bicycle
GlobalGiving
Guarantee

Sign up for the GlobalGiving Newsletter

WARNING: Javascript is currently disabled or is not available in your browser. GlobalGiving makes extensive use of Javascript and will not function properly with Javascript disabled. Please enable Javascript and refresh this page.