School Related Gender Based Violence (SRGBV) negatively impacts on Children in Uganda.

Harris Namutebi
Posted July 3, 2019 from Uganda
Pupils of Kayonza P/S during a case documentation process.

In Uganda, children continue to silently experience violence in form of sexual abuse, bullying and corporal punishment which in the long run forces them to drop out of school. Since 2018, NCD with support from RTI International is supporting schools communities in Lyantonde and Buhweju Districts to prevent School Related Gender Based Violence (SRGBV). In a move to eliminate SRGBV, we are sensitizing pupils on bullying, corporal punishment, sexual abuse, early warning signs of sexual abuse and why children need to report SRGBV cases. 

This has come with learnings to us and parents as well, while bullying is considered a minor issue in our communities, it demotivates pupils from attending school. At Kalyamenvu Primary School in Lyantonde district, pupils without school uniforms were always bullied by fellow pupils and denied an opportunity to stand for any leadership position at school. This silently affected pupils who could not voice their challenges to their parents. During our interaction with pupils, we learnt of this challenge and held a meeting with parents to discuss strategies of addressing this challenge. Parents realized and appreciated the value of buying school uniforms and in return pupils are free to stand for leadership positions in schools.

In Kitega and Kyeyare Primary Schools in Buhweju district, during our sensitization meetings with pupils on preventing SRGBV, we have learnt that parents “push” teachers to punish their children in hope for better grades and yet this does not necessarily yield better grades. NCD is working with various stakeholders to sensitize teachers on the advantages of positive discipline in schools.

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Jill Langhus
Jul 03
Jul 03

Hi Harris,

Thanks for sharing your update. These sound like some great initiatives to help students. Keep up the good work, and please keep us posted on your progress, too.

I hope you're having a great day, and week:-)

Hello, Harris,

It’s heartbreaking that children experience abuse in any form. I hope they find healing, because if not it’s more challenging for them to hrow up as broken, wounded adults.

Thank you for sharing your initiative. Please keep us updated!

Harris Namutebi
Jul 07
Jul 07

Hello, Karen,
True, we are trying to help children understand the signs of violence and preferably prevent violence rather than live with it as normal.
Harris

Tamarack Verrall
Jul 06
Jul 06

Hi Harris,
This is such important work, addressing multiple harms at the same time. Students empowered to stand up to bullying will be able to make the most of their education and become adults who continue to hold these values. So much pain is being prevented by the work you are doing. Big congratulations!

Harris Namutebi
Jul 07
Jul 07

Hi Tam,
indeed, the more children are aware of ways to prevent violence, chances are high that they will not accept violence as normal when they are adults.
Harris

Lisbeth
Jul 07
Jul 07

Its sad to hear how children are treated and abuse in your country. I think is so in most counties too. Your initiative is a great one pls keep up updated as to the future happenings. Thanks for sharing.

Harris Namutebi
Jul 07
Jul 07

Thanks Lisbeth,
We will try and do our best.
Regards
Harris

Madhuri Deshkar
Jul 08
Jul 08

Children is most important for me I like your work

Harris Namutebi
Jul 08
Jul 08

Hi Madhuri,
Thanks a lot for your compliment, we will keep doing our best.
Regards
Harris

Anita Shrestha
Oct 08
Oct 08

Thank you for sharing and keep it continue