Omoro district LC1 chairpersons vow to promote girl child education

A girl smiles at the cameraman from her class. Courtesy photo.

By Ojara Daniel

The recently elected Local Council One chairpersons in Omoro district have come out with their unanimous plan to help improve girl child education in their areas of jurisdiction. Gradually, they say it will stretch to entire district.

The new village leaders shared their plans with our reporter, outlining how they will work to improve quality of girl child education.

Charles Ojok, the Arwot-omia village LC1 chair in Omoro Town Council says to achieve their plan; he will engage parent and learners including higher leaders.

He says many young girls are always absent from schools due to lack of support and guidance from both parents and stakeholders.

“Girls need support at school, at home to make them learn and finish their studies by providing them all scholastic materials needed and more guidance,” Ojok revealed.

As early as this age, girl children who should be at school are given heavy work by parents.

“Every term i will visit schools in my area to see how girls are performing and guide them to tighten their belt to achieve their goals,” he added.

David Akia the area LC One of Labworomro village in Te-got parish, Lakwana sub-county says although government is implementing the UPE program and school feeding programs, all these programs are not supporting girls at school 100%.

 He says, ‘biologically girl child education seems to be something not very important in our community and in the knowledge of other local people.”

“But both boys and girls are equal in talent,” he added.

Akia says he will work hand in hand together with sub-county officials to improve good performance in the schools.

Also, John Okot, the LC One chairperson of Olula village in parak parish says boys and girls have equal talents which need to be supported by leaders.

Many young girls are talented in music dance and drama and academics as well which needs support from various people.

Okot added that: “My aim is to guide parents in my area to raise awareness about importance of girl child education and some time going to schools creating awareness about HIV/AIDS.”

TND News Uganda has learnt that many young girls in the northern Uganda district of Omoro are dropping out from schools at early age.

And worst of all, Omoro is the leading district in northern Uganda whose daughters are being married off as early as 16 years.

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