Forum for African Women Educationalists - Uganda Chapter

"21 Years of Enhancing Girls' and Women's Education for Development" FAWE Uganda 1997-2018

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OUR VISION:

A country in which all girls and women have access to equitable quality education that enables them to effectively participate in development at all levels.

OUR MISSION:

To promote gender equity and equality in Education in Uganda by influencing policies and nurturing positive practices and attitudes towards girls’ education. 

CORE VALUES:

  • Respect
  • Professionalism
  • Accountability
  • Results Oriented
  • Continuous lifelong Learning

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.

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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.