The project goal is to create a confidential safe platform for School girls/boys survivors to air their feelings/experiences with a counselor who are equipped with the knowledge/skills in helping them to cope with their situation, through counseling. Through the participation in supportive counseling, groups/survivors will realize they are not alone in the struggle against violence and are able to learn new strategies for taking control over their lives in 25 slum and rural schools in Uganda.
A survey conducted in Teso reported 27% of school girls stated their teachers had pressured them for sex, 25% knew atleast a teacher having an affair with school girl, 79% sexually harassed by male classmates presented to the Council by community leaders. The argument has been made that access to education, successful performance; completion of school by girls accelerates rate of achieving development goals. These cannot be achieved until children perceive schools as safe-enabling environment.
With your donations SCOEN proposes to create a confidential and safe platform for School girls and boys have enabling space; increase opportunities that will create a forum for sharing ideas, experience and learning about SRGBV among community members (students, parents, teachers &stakeholders); provide services/referral systems for psychological counseling, medical support and services for victims/parents; provide training in counseling to community volunteers, peer counselors and teachers
Through this program, we hope to create/increase awareness about the existence of SRGBV in the proposed communities through a sensitization outreach as our initial step towards addressing the issues of SRGBV. The funds requested will also be used to provide training in counseling to stakeholders of the target community in order to enable them to counsel the students themselves. The target population is forty schools selected in the Eastern Region from four communities.