Forum for African Women Educationalists - Uganda Chapter

"22 Years of Enhancing Girls' and Women's Education for Development" FAWE Uganda 1997-2019

FAWE UGANDA CHAMPIONING IMPROVEMENT OF MENSTRUAL HYGIENE MANAGEMENT IN SCHOOLS AND COMMUNITIES

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Mrs. Susan Opok Tumusiime, Executive Director FAWE Uganda handing over cartoons of emergency Menstrual Hygiene Sanitary towels to Mr. Akera Johnson Okela, Head Teacher of Dicwinyi Pimary School at Alimotiko village, Palabek Kal S/C.

Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE) Uganda Chapter was established in 1997 and is one of the 34 National Chapters of FAWE, a pan African Non-governmental Organization. Goal is accelerating female participation in education and closing the gender gap within the education system at all levels.

On 28th May, 2019 FAWE Uganda will join the rest of the world to celebrate the Menstrual Hygiene Management Day. The day will be celebrated under the theme It’s time for action. It’s meant to reflect and analyze the multiple challenges girls face in pursuit of their education and dreams including dealing with menstruation hygiene management both in schools and communities. As part of the pre-activities to mark the celebrations, on 24th - 25th April, 2019 FAWE Uganda joined the Ministry of Education and Sports – Gender unit and other Civil Society Organizations to hold pre-menstrual Hygiene Day awareness activities.

The activities, aimed at promoting awareness on menstrual hygiene management to adolescent girls at school, sensitizing and educating the school management committees on menstrual hygiene and requirements of girls, educating boys on menstrual hygiene and importance of providing peer to peer support to adolescents and menstruating girls and support them learn and practice good menstrual hygiene management. It also focused on advocating for stakeholder’s participation in supporting and mainstreaming MHM in their work especially in health, Education, WASH and Protection with specific focus on the girl child.

FAWE Uganda held a number of activities including; conducting school and community awareness on menstrual hygiene management, school level debates, and provision of 100 cartons (180 pieces) of emergency disposable menstrual hygiene sanitary towels to 10 primary schools in Palabek refugee settlement camp and host communities in Lamwo district. The activities were appreciated by the schools and sanitary towels were welcomed amidst cheers and jubilation from school administrators and learners.

Mrs. Harriet Tukwaktsidwe, the Head Teacher of Canaan Primary School said, “I appreciate FAWE Uganda for visiting and conducting the different activities in our school including debates which have built the confidence of girls as they are able to freely express themselves. Sanitary towels have helped keep girls in school as opposed to previously when they used to miss school because they lacked sanitary towels and were fearing periods to come in class in presence of boys who stigmatize them. They have helped girls concentrate in class a led to improved performance among girls as they are able to compete with the boys.”

The activities were attended by school administrators, teachers, learners and FAWE Uganda staff. Overtime, through different programmes -Adolescent Sexual Reproductive Health, Gender Responsive Pedagogy, CEDAW, Violence against Children and mentorship trainings the Organization has built capacity of thousands of girls with skills on sexual maturation, menstrual hygiene management; creation of safe corners and changing rooms in schools, provision of emergency uniforms and underwear, making and use of reusable menstrual hygiene towels.

RAINING SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS ON GENDER RESPONSIVE PEDAGOGY AND POSITIVE DISCIPLINE

FAWE Uganda under the Resilient Learners, Teacher and Education systems project in South Sudan and Uganda held a four day training of patrons and head teachers on Gender Responsive Pedagogy, Positive Discipline and the Reporting, Tracking, Response and Referral (RTRR) of violence against children cases.

The training focused on equipping primary school teachers with knowledge and practices on gender responsive pedagogy and its application to achieve equal participation of both boys and girls in the teaching and learning process; promotion of strong partnerships and linkages in handling cases of violence against children in and out of school, and creation of gender responsive and violence free schools.

During the training, a number of gender issues affecting children in schools were raised including; lack of changing rooms for girls in all the 10 BRiCE schools i.e. Lugwar, Awich, Glory Land and Ogili Hill Primary School. Deployment of few female teachers in schools; Apyetta has 1 female teacher out of 7 males, inadequate latrines for learners in schools, no budget allocation for Senior Women and Men teachers to address specific needs of girls and boys, inadequate play grounds and facilities in schools, no accommodation for teachers, inadequate classrooms and the high teacher- pupil ratio especially in the Early Childhood Development centers.

At the end of the training, participants developed action plans and committed to conduct a number of activities to address the above challenges including; roll out of similar trainings to fellow teachers in their schools, sensitization of the school community and parents on gender responsive practices and the need to end violence against children, holding bi monthly club meetings to address challenges facing children, counseling of learners to ensure they stay in school and complete their studies, training of club members on the different forms of violence against children both in school and communities, organizing parents and teachers meetings to sensitize them on issues of violence against children. To date, a total of 139 teachers (83 males & 56 females) and 300 club members (176 girls & 124 boys) have been trained.

The training took place from 12th–15th February, 2019 at Palabek Refugee Settlement Camp and it was facilitated by both the Principle Education Officer and the Senior Education Officer from the Ministry of Education and Sports.

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Left:  Patrons and matrons holding a group discussion on the different forms of violence against children  in schools. Right:  Ms. Senkaali Harriet , the Principle Education Officer at the Ministry of Education and Sports facilitating the training.

BUILDING CAPACITY OF REFUGEE WELFARE COUNCIL MEMBERS ON PREVENTION OF VIOLENCE AGAINST CHILDREN

On 22nd–24th January, 2019 FAWE Uganda held a three day training for Refugee Welfare Council (RWCs) Zonal and block   leaders on Reporting, Tracking, Response and Referral of violence against children cases in Palabek Refugee Settlement Camp.

The training facilitated by the Ministry of Education and Sports officials aimed at strengthening a collaborative and integral approach to mobilizing existing support system to fight violence against children in and out of school in refugee settlements; and promotion of strong partnerships and linkages in handling cases of violence against children.

It also focused on improving the knowledge of RWCs on child protection, child rights, safety, understanding the dangers of violence against children and the existing local and international laws protecting child.

During the training a number of challenges on ending violence against children were raised including, lack of clear referral pathways, shortage of referral forms, lack of awareness on the roles of community members and local leaders in the protection of children’s rights, and rampant cases of child neglect or abandonment among members of the community. For instance, one of the leaders of zone 6 cited cases in which 3 children were abandoned by their mother who returned to Sudan and left them homeless in Uganda.

Refugee leaders were taken through their roles during the training and these include; managing referral processes, conduct awareness session on the rights and responsibilities of children in communities, mediating and resolving cases, following-up and linking the community to other partner organizations addressing children issues.

At the end of the training community members developed action plans or activities they were undertaking to combat violence against children issues. These include, holding regular meetings among refugee leaders, involving parents and teachers in community meetings and sensitizing them on child protection, abuse and rights, regular visiting and monitoring of school activities, contribute towards improving welfare of learners and teachers in schools, linking communities with other child protection partners within the settlement camp. In addition, to conducting follow-up and home visits to identify children vulnerable to abuse, implement existing bylaws/laws focused on ending violence against children, mobilize and support children to attend school and awareness on the importance of girl child education.

As a result of the training, RWCs held community meetings with refugees in all the 58 blocks on prevention of violence against children, reporting and referral of cases. A total of 670 (460 female & 210 male) community members were reached with child protection messages.

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Left to right, FAWE Uganda BRiCE Project Officer and Mr. Henry Mugisha, Senior Education Officer at the Ministry of Education and Sports facilitating Refugee Welfare Councils’ training on child protection.

CELEBRATING INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY WITH REFUGEE COMMUNITIES

On 8th March, 2019 FAWE Uganda in partnership with the Office of the Prime Minister, other Civil Society Organizations and Lamwo district local Government commemorated the International Women’s Day at Palabek Refugee Settlement Camp.

This year’s International Women’s Day was celebrated under the global theme: “Think Equal, Build Smart, and Innovate for Change.” It focused on creating a paradigm shift for transforming mindsets to the goal of gender equality and identifying new ways of advancing women’s agenda at all levels.  

The national theme: “Empowering Women through Innovative Approaches to Social Protection; a Pre-requisite for Inclusive and Sustainable Development” was premised on the need to recognize the importance of providing social protection to women with the aim of minimizing vulnerability, building their potential through innovative approaches so that they contribute to and benefit from the development process.

The Chief Guest, Mrs. Atim Mugenyi, FAWE Uganda Board Chairperson at the celebrations emphasized that, “Community members need to take children to school and encourage them to stay until they complete their studies as opposed to marrying them off. Children should believe in themselves and ensure that they stay in school despite challenges around them to realize their dreams. Teachers need to teach well, respect children’s rights and create a conducive environment in school as they have the responsibility of raising responsible citizens and future leaders of this great nation.”

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Refugee Women Groups Entertaining Guests during the International Women’s Day Celebrations at Palabek Refugee Settlement Camp.

Mr Julius Kamuza, the Palabek Refugee Camp Settlement Commandant appreciated the efforts of partners in organizing the event. “I thank the Government of Uganda for supporting women and enabling them realize their rights and economically empowering them. We must all respect women and girls’ rights both in settlement camps and surrounding communities. Punitive action should be taken against all those abusing women in whatever form.” He further emphasized the need for parents in settlement camps to keep children in school until they finish studies and not marry them off at an early age as this practice perpetrates poverty and untold suffering.”

The day was marked with presentations from development partners including the UNHCR, OXFAM and TPO Uganda on the progress made in enabling Refugee Women, Girls and Children lead decent and dignified lives. There was entertainment from different Refugee Women Groups and FAWE Uganda Child Rights Club Members both in schools and communities who entertained guests through Music, Dance and Drama Performances.

International Women’s Day Celebrations is meant to recognize the role and contribution women have had in the development of their communities, country and the world. It provides an opportunity to enhance advocacy for inclusion of women’s concerns in the development agenda at all levels by calling on United Nations member states to design and implement interventions aimed at attaining gender equality and economic empowerment for women.

The Resilient Learners, Teacher and Education systems project in South Sudan and Uganda

The Resilient Learners, Teacher and Education systems project in South Sudan and Uganda is aimed at improving and strengthening the non-formal education systems, targeting teachers and educators in Uganda refugee settlements and South Sudan communities. It’s funded by the European Union and implemented by a consortium of partners including Oxfam Uganda.

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Mrs. Susan Opok Tumusiime, the FAWE Uganda Executive Director autographing the BRICE Project Launch Board, looking on are the Hon. Rose Mary N. Seninde, the State Minister for Primary Education, Head of European Union Mr. Cedric Merel and other Guests.

 

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Areas of Focus

- Tertiary and Higher Education Scholarships

- Secondary Education Scholarships

- Child Protection

- Science and Innovation

- Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights

- Combating Gender Based Violence

- Skills Development and Livelihoods

- Economic Empowerment for Vulnerable Groups

- Research and Advocacy

- Service delivery for teenage and child mothers

- Mentorship and Gender Responsive Pedagogy

- Capacity Building for cross section of stakeholders and strengthening Structures

Strategic Objectives

- Improving the level of gender responsiveness in Education Sector policies for girls and women

- Enhancing adoption and integration of positive gender pedagogy practices at school level

- Increasing access, retention and completion rates for girls in school and all levels of education

- Strengthening institutional capacity for efficient and effective service delivery.