Keeping Girls in Schools- Ending Child Marriages in Uganda

Harris Namutebi
Posted August 9, 2019 from Uganda
Keeping Girls in Schools- Ending Child Marriages in Uganda
Pupils during a training at Kasana UMEA P/S in Mukono.

 

In Uganda, child marriages continue to affect pupils’ retention forcing many young people to drop out of school. While child marriages affect young girl more, it affects boys as well. In the month of July 2019, with support from Mundo Cooperante, we embarked on training girls, boys, teachers, parents, local and religious leaders from 10 schools in Mukono district on Sexual Reproductive Health (SRH), eliminating sexual abuse and ending child marriages.  

We learnt that:

·         Parents have unknowingly fueled child marraiges by not providing basic needs such as sanitary pads and scholastics materials to young girls. Unfortunately girls resort to engaging in transactional sex in search for basic needs. This sometimes ends up in unplanned pregnancies forcing young girls into child marriages.

·         Poor parenting has contributed to child marriages. Unlike in the past where families had unwritten rules and regulations governing homes, today many children continue to lead a life without guidance and support from their care takers.  With no supervision, children have resorted to watching age inappropriate films/movies that introduce them to early sex. With this we intend to focus our discussion on parenting to remind parents of their responsibilities in raising children.

·         Boys continue to drop out of school joining petty trade such as sand mining, charcoal burning and selling, timber cutting and rice growing. Unfortunately, when these earn incomes, they seduce young girls who drop out of school ending up in child marriages. Our focus is to ensure that boys as well complete school a strategy that could help reduce on child marraiges.

·         The poor sleeping arrangement is contributing to child marraiges. Many parents especially in fishing and crowded communities   with in Mukono tend to have one room accommodating all family members. Unfortunately, some children have gone ahead to narrate to fellow pupils instances when their parents engage in sex. This exposes children to early sex.  We will share our process as we discuss with parents the challenges of a poor sleeping arrangement.

 

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Jill Langhus
Aug 09
Aug 09

Hi Harris,

Thanks for your update and impressive, recent training that you provided. Keep up your good work and keep educating and empowering both girls, and boys. And, of course, updating us on your progress:-) How many students attended this training? When and where do you plan on doing your next training?

Hope you're doing well, and having a great Friday, dear!?

Harris Namutebi
Aug 09
Aug 09

Thanks Jill,
Our trainings reached 61 pupils ( 41 girls and 20 boys), 104 persons (parents , local and religious leaders, police officers, Community Development Officers, recognized elders and 24 teachers (13 female and 11 male). We are moving in to having dialogues with parents and men on the subject of child marriages. Hope to keep you posted.
Harris

Jill Langhus
Aug 09
Aug 09

Hello dear:-)

Great job! That's a good idea of having open, one-on-one interaction with parents on child marriages. Looking forward to hearing more about your progress:-)

Hello, Harris,

The work that you do is really important because you are breaking a culture cycle here. Kudos to you! May this be the generation that will end child marriages in Uganda.

By the way, kindly check the Resources Page here. I saw a lot of funding opportunities for Uganda. You might find a grant that matches what you do now.

Thanks for sharing! Looking forward to reading your updates. Keep up the great work.

Lisbeth
Aug 09
Aug 09

Dear Harris,
I can't agree with you less. All you said is true. Bad parenting is the number cost if child marriage. The child gets tired of their intimidation and wants to have the peace of mind. By trying to protect themselves they rather go from the frying pan to the fire itself haha.

It's so sad. Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend.

Beth Lacey
Aug 10
Aug 10

Your trainings are very important to parents and children

Tamarack Verrall
Aug 12
Aug 12

Hi Harris,
This is such a good blueprint for others to use as well. No doubt you are changing lives. All the best with your work.
In sisterhood,
Tam

Anita Shrestha
Oct 08
Oct 08

Thank you for sharing and keep it continue