Ministry of education and sports has come up with guidelines to fight child violence both at school and at home.
The commissioner, basic Education, Dr. Cleophas Mugenyi, says children experiencing trauma and girls who get pregnant should not be forced out of school, but rather be empowered in one way or the other.
According to recent findings by various researchers, over 64% of children aged 13-17 years experience violence every year, including girls who are sexually abused by men. Violence imposed on children by parents, teachers and community members causes Psychological torture and trauma.
To curtail this trend of events, Ministry of education together with raising voices, through a media campaign, have drafted guidelines that are going to be followed by school heads to fight teenage pregnancy and other injustices meted out on children.
Commissioner, Basic education, Dr. Cleophas Mugenyi, says this campaign is to be extended to homes, urging parents and teachers to use positive discipline.
The Country director, raising voices, Daphine Mugisha, says many children have been violated at home during the lockdown, thereby imploring religious leaders and school heads to give messages of hope to the children.
There are many actors in the country, including police, who play a critical role in ensuring that children’s right are not violated. However, police is being put on the spot for providing little support in the fight against child violence.