| Nov 25, 2020
Increasing retention and completion of girls to to education
scholastic distribution for candidate classes
In order to meet the needs of girls to access, retain and complete both primary and secondary school, Empowerment for the Poor –Uganda has been sensitizing communities to take children back to school especially those in candidate classes-Primary seven (P.7), Senior four (S.4) and Senior six (S.6) following the ease of national lock down in October 2020.
It should be noted that the National COVID-19 pandemic lock-down in Uganda has greatly devastated families, however the families of orphans and vulnerable children are the most hit. These families have experienced economic meltdown that has completely drained their incomes making it hard to feed their children or taking them back to school with the current opening of candidate classes (P.7, S.4 and S.6). In such situations, any support to these families, makes a big difference.
During this period under review, we are happy to have supported 30 girls candidate classes (28 from P.7 and 2 from S.4) in Malangala Sub County, Mityana district to go back to school by supporting them with scholastic materials (books, pens, geometrical sets, pencils and partial school fees payment to enable them access, retain and complete their candidate classes. Children supported came from Kiwawu Modern Primary school, Kitete Umea Primary school, Kiwawu Church of Uganda Primary School, Magezi Primary School, Jeza Primary and Kiwawu Senior Secondary School and Bbala Church of Uganda Primary school. Distribution was presided over by the Chairman LCIII of Malangala Sub County and Chairman LC1 of Magonga
Likewise, we were able to sensitize parents to stop pushing their children into early marriages. Aware that the stay-at-home measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 put many children especially girls under intense mental distress to the risk of contracting sexually transmitted infections, unwanted pregnancy or engaging in early marriages. The project has also empowered these girls resist exploitation and abuse couples with sensitization on menstrual hygiene management. We would not have been able to achieve what we have achieved without the generous support of our donors, we therefore thank you so much and request for your continued support to enable us empower and transform lives of more vulnerable girls. We say thank you and thank you
a girl and parent gets her school materials
parents after a community sensitization
James with Peter at the distribution day
Girls attending a training
local leaders at the distribution exercise
materials distributed to candidates