EUROPEAN UNION DELEGATION VISITS CHILD MOTHERS AND VULNERABLE GIRLS IN TORORO DISTRICT
Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE) Uganda Chapter with support from UN WOMEN, Spotlight Initiative and Swedish Embassy is implementing the “Promoting Second Chance Education for Vulnerable and Marginalized Adolescent Girls and Young Women (Pro-SEVU) Project.
The 18 months program, is being implemented in the 14 districts of high prevalence rates of school-drop out for girls in Uganda including; Moroto, Pader, Amuria, and Kasese among others. The intervention is aimed at supporting vulnerable and marginalized adolescent girls and young women access second chance education.
On 10th December, 2019, FAWE Uganda with her partners UN Women and Tororo District Local Government authorities hosted the European Union Ambassadors delegation at Rubongi Sub County. The visit aimed at showcasing successes registered under the program, as well as create room to advocate for increased support towards second chance education given the huge number of girls and young women out of school.
Mrs. Susan Opok Tumusiime, the Executive Director FAWE Uganda expressed that, “It’s unfortunate that Uganda continues to experience high numbers of high school dropout among the girl child compared to boys. This is attributed to the high levels of teenage pregnancy, poverty, early marriage; and negative traditional norms. The intervention has helped reinstate hope to the vulnerable adolescent girls and child mothers to return to school, acquire skills and contribute to the development of their families.”
She appreciated the other partners including the UN Women, Spotlight Initiative and the Sweden Embassy for supporting the implementation of the program and thanked the EU delegation for gracing the occasion.
According to the World Bank, Economic Development and Human Capital Report 2019, “about 1.4 million children drop out of primary school every year. Over 5 million dropped out of primary school in the past 20 years; girls higher at 46.4% and boys 44.2%.
The event was attended by different stakeholders including; the local Government Authorities, Sub county leaders, representatives of the Uganda Police Force; Local, Religious and Cultural leaders, Media and Community members.