Save the Children new education approach to benefit pupils in Acholi

Pupils crowded in a class room in a Dokolo primary school. Photo credit, The Observer.

By Komakech Jimmy

At least a total of 52 schools in the three districts neighboring Gulu shall benefit from Save the Children new strategy to keep children in schools. This is expected to be possible with supports from Norwegian Agency Corporation for Development 

However, the highest number of beneficiary is spotted to be many in Awach sub-county with 12 schools and least in Lungulu sub-county, Nwoya district with only 5 schools to benefit.

During Save the Children meeting with some district officials in Gulu town on NORAD Frame work project kick off from 2019 – 2023, stake holders suggested numbers of concerns in a bid to keep children in schools.

Joyce Akee Otim, the head teacher Awach Primary school suggested that there should be provision of materials for making reusable local pads for girls to keep their hygiene during their circles so as to keep them intact at schools despite, experiencing such monthly changes. 

Johnny Okello –  a councilor  from Bardege Division in Gulu municipality urged that Save the Children should strengthened the Gender Based Violence shelter to handle children related cases as well as high level of engagement for the communities.

The interim LC3 chairperson Paibona sub-county also urged that stakeholders and parents should have close monitoring of the child related cases whenever it’s reported. 

Ceaser Akena who’s the district education officer – Gulu submits that there is need to combine brains in order to make children remain in schools and study, citing that parents should embrace the ongoing school feeding program in the district.

He however said there is still high challenge in entire education sector in Acholi sub region due to low supports from parents towards education.

Benson Oyet,a representative of the Gulu Residence District Commissioner commended the remarkable activities of Save the Children in the region.

 However, he says the new project marked yet another beginning, adding that case management must be closely monitored by consulting the whistle blowers to make the case vibrant as well as community policy should be highly emphasized.

Delis Ekany – the program officer child protection in Gulu and Omoro working with Save the Children, positively responded that girls shall be trained on making reusable sanitary pads and that they shall  identify one school to pilot the use of menstrual pads in Gulu to address the hygiene management 

The NORAD framework aim is to achieve the quality of education in Uganda, entirely.

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