The goal of the event was to encourage support from state and non state actors to create a national agenda to ending all forms of violence against children in Uganda. The five day program included activities like: discussing why violence is a bad thing among other topics; The problem tree, proposing a solution, assessing solutions against current policy, identifying who will advocate for change among others; choosing a way to deliver the message, preparing the message among others; Planning for parallel meetings with duty bearers, presentations and feedback and Improving presentations, role Play, and reflections of camp. The children were very excited to be part of this forum; with great joy, Angela Nakiwala (12 years old) said, “through wells of Hope, I have managed to get an opportunity to be in a place with people from different parts of the country. And I am ready to learn and share my ideas in order to stop violence against children.”
The children were engaged in composing a problem statement of some of the issues they know that affect children stating what the problem is, solution and backing up information that is, any children’s rights or acts from the JRC , children’s act among others. Children got a chance to visit the internet and do personal research about each group’s problem statement. The children were availed with different books which they researched through as a group to discuss and share opinions together with their facilitators to understand if they understand what is stated out in the children’s Act and other laws that govern children’s rights. The younger children were asked to express their ideas in drawing about how the people, government, parents and leaders should protect children against all forms of violence. In the afternoon the children would engage themselves in different games which would build their esteem and character.
We thank Uganda Child Rights NGO Network for their continued support for children with parents in prison.