Over 1000 members from 50 Community Support Groups (CSG) in Kalungu and Butenga sub counties in Kalungu and Bukomansimbi Districts, respectively, were sensitized about Child Protection, savings and credit management.
Kitovu Mobile forms CSGs to support Mobile farm schools (MFS) with cardinal objectives to make guidance for MFS, train community and children about child rights, behavioral change and HIV.
The MFS trainees are also encouraged to transfer attained knowledge from farm school to others who are not enrolled on the program.
They also get trained on savings and credit management (SELF APROACH)
Thus, to achieve the above objectives, group members who are selected from the poorest families in which farm school beneficiaries are picked, have to be trained accordingly.
The three day training started with Kalungu sub county groups on April 30, ending May 3, while that for Butenga Sub County started on May 7 and ended May 10.
Members were trained by Kitovu Mobile linkage facilitators who included Ms Harriet Nalukwago, the Kalungu Sub county Community Development Officer, and Mr Auwid Ntanda, the Butenga Sub County Chief. The duo took trainees through Child Protection as Mr Julious Ssempera,from West Buganda Diocese took them through Saving and credit management.
Observations and action points.
From the training, MS Stella Nabunya, the Kitovu Mobile Child protection officer,she established that about 55 percent of the trainees were aware of children’s rights. “The rest were completely green about such rights gesture that they could have been violating their children’s rights”
Dismayingly, Nabunya further observed that even those who had an idea about these rights could only consider physical abuse, ignoring emotional abuse like insults, failure of parents to engage children in decision making( like what to eat, what to spend on the earning from agriculture and the like)
Also,Parents do not attentively listen to their children whenever they have issues to share with them,but simply prejudice them.
But all the above were stressed and parents agreed to take heed.They resolved to break the culture norms and report GBV cases, engaging children in decision making as well as engaging children in development participation.
Guardians unanimously agreed that nurturing a child has to be done communally not individually.
On early/forced marriages to have dowry, members agreed to campaign against such infamous practices.
On Savings and credit management, members agreed to have a communal project and benefit from the projects than depending handouts.