We have 7 people from different countries who are attending and 16 people from Uganda. One of the Key Participants is Sarah Roberts the Child & Family Support Manager with Families Outside , – the Scottish organisation that supports families affected by imprisonment in Edinburgh Scotland ,She is the producer of Reversible Thinking video . She says her Vision is for all Schools to be a community of compassion.
We also have Ben Raikes a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Social Work at the University of Huddersfield in the UK. He has also been a researcher on the three year large scale pan European Project, COPING, that investigated the way in which children coped with having a parent in prison .
Ben came with two of his colleagues from Huddersfield University UK, Dr.Sharon Wray and Kathryn Sharratt .After the study week they will have to stay for an extra three days to attend a meeting to carry out a research bid for a research project that will revolve around the role that grandparents play in caring for prisoners’ children in the UK, Uganda, Trinidad, Romania and Turkey. This research came as a result of the success of the Children of Prisoners, Interventions & Mitigations to Strengthen Mental Health- COPING- 3 year Research which covered four countries (UK, Germany, Sweden and Romania). The findings, however , have European-wide and international application.
We are also delighted to have Rebecca Ginsburg also attending. Rebecca Ginsburg is a faculty member at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the director of the Education Justice Project, the campus’ prison education program.
Gina and Steve Gant missionaries from Florida will also be part of the study week. They arrived 2 weeks earlier and have been working with us at Wells of Hope.
The international Study Week is a specialized expedition through spectacular and unique interventions being carried out by Wells of Hope to mitigate the challenges brought about by parental imprisonment.
On Tuesday the Participants’ will visit the parents of these children in Prison, talk with them and get to know what they think about their children and families.
On Wednesday They will also visit the Children with a parent in prison at Wells of Hope Academy, to see the school, hear their stories, wetness their skills and talents. These children will entertain the participants through Music, Dance and Dance which show the traditions of Uganda while communicating the plight of a child of a prisoner.
On Friday Wells of Hope team will take them to visit remote villages and isolated peoples especially grandmothers who care for the children of their children in prison .
Midweek participants will have an opportunity to tour Uganda tourist attractions’ to experience the fauna and flora that spells the beauty of our country in a one day Safari.
In the afternoons we will conduct meetings to exchange ideas, share lessons learned .
The Study week will culminate into a roundtable discussion which will be attended by legislators, Human rights activists, and international scholars
The theme of this year’s study week is “The role of grandparents in caring for children of prisoners with a parent on death row.”
We have hopes this will help to put high on the agenda the plight of the Children with parent sentenced to death and also to appreciate the role grand parents play in caring for these children.
Next years Study week will take place in June 2014, we will keep you posted.