FAWE UGANDA HOLDS THE ANNUAL SCIENCE MENTORING CAMP TO PROMOTE GIRLS’ INTEREST IN SCIENCES

Forum for African Women’s Educationalists Uganda Chapter (FAWE Uganda) in partnership with Dubai Cares and the Forum for African Women’s Educationalists Regional Secretariat (FAWE RS) held 5 day Annual Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematic (STEM) mentoring camp from 30th November – 5th December, 2017 at Wanyange Girls School in Jinja district. The camp is aimed at stimulating girls’ interest in sciences and uptake of STEM subjects through ...

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FAWE UGANDA LAUNCHES THE HIGHER EDUCATION ACCESS PROGRAM TO ENABLE 300 YOUNG WOMEN AND MEN FROM DISADVANTAGED REGIONS OF UGANDA ACCESS QUALITY HIGHER EDUCATION

This program offers 100% bursaries to learners and targets 300 students between the ages of 18 to 25 over eight-years. 60% will undertake degree courses while 40% will be in the

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FAWEU JOINS OTHER ORGANISATIONS TO CELEBRATE THE WORLD MENSTRUAL HYGIENE DAY

The celebrations held at Kitante Primary School commenced with a walk that was flagged off by the Chief Guest, Hon. Dr. Muyingo John Chrysostom, the Minister of State for Higher

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HOLDING RADIO TALK SHOWS TO CREATE AWARENESS ON VIOLENCE AGAINST CHILDREN IN THE RWENZORI SUB REGION

On 5th and 9th May, 2017 Forum for African Women Educationalists Uganda Chapter (FAWEU) through the Violence against Children in and around School Project (VACiS) held

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BUILDING THE CAPACITY OF LEADERS IN THE RWENZORI REGION ON CHILD RIGHTS AND THEIR ROLE IN PROTECTING CHILDREN

On May 24th – 25th, 2017 Forum for African Women Educationalists Uganda (FAWE Uganda) trained 93 district leaders from the Rwenzori sub region (Kasese, Ntoroko and 

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Tides Foundation

A baseline survey was carried out in the three districts to establish the level of knowledge and perceptions among the stakeholders. The findings clearly indicated that awareness on acts of violence was largely raised as almost all children (93%) and teachers (97%) in all the targeted schools had a good understanding of the different acts of violence as shown in figure 4 below.

Figure 4:              Pupils/students awareness on acts of violence.

 

The awareness on the violent acts among the different stakeholders also includes knowing where to report these cases of violence. At school level, the findings indicated that these cases are reported to different levels structures

However, 31% of girls and boys in the 3 project districts of Kasese, Ntoroko and Bundibugyo rarely report violence during school. For those who report such cases, a combination of factors influences the reporting and where to report to. The students did not report to be reporting these cases to the teachers perhaps because of the relationship between the teachers and the students.

Irish Aid Programme phases out

FAWEU and Irish Aid have been in partnership since 2005 implementing a secondary education programme for vulnerable girls 65% and boys 35%. The scholarship provided not only school fees, transport, basic and personal needs but mentoring and career guidance to the beneficiaries as well.  There is also a component of vocational training to selected students that are unable to continue with secondary education for one reason or the other done on a case by case basis. Majority of the beneficiaries studied from within Karamoja in selected secondary schools namely; Kotido Senior Secondary School in Kotido district, Jubilee 2000 Senior Secondary School in Kaabong district, Abim Secondary School and Morulem Girls’ School both in Abim district, Moroto High School in Moroto district, Kangole Girls’ School in Napak district, Namalu Seed Secondary School in Nakapiripirit district and Pokot Secondary School in Amudat district. A few best performing students are allowed to study outside of the region and were placed in Iganga girl’s secondary school and Kira College Butiki. Another beneficiary with special needs studied from Madera School for the deaf. By the close of the year, there were 444 girls and 287 boys studying in Karamoja, 10 boys and 6 girls studying out of Karamoja and 25 students pursuing vocational training. Each of the project schools had 5 teachers that were trained as mentors and responsible for mentoring the beneficiaries. This is in addition to the group mentoring done when teams from FAWEU visit during the monitoring exercise as well as when identified role models visit the schools. Every end of term a joint meeting of FAWEU and the District Task Force members is held to discuss about the programme implementation as well as jointly chat out a workable way forward and solutions to any raised issues.

It should also be noted that FAWEU had a coordination office in Karamoja region specifically Kotido District facilitated by Irish Aid to enable efficient implementation of the program.

Number of beneficiaries per school and by gender by close of 2016

School

District

Female

Male

Total

Jubilee 2000 SS

Kaabong

55

50

105

Kotido SS

Kotido

106

69

175

Abim SS

Abim

23

45

68

Morulem SS

Abim

87

00

87

Pokot SS

Amudat

07

05

12

Namalu SS

Nakapiripirit

03

02

05

Kangole SS

Napak

103

00

103

Moroto High School

Moroto

60

116

176

Sub total

 

444

287

731

Kiira college

Jinja

00

10

10

Iganga SS

Iganga

05

00

05

St. Francis school of the blind Madera

Soroti

01

00

01

Grand total

 

450

297

747

As a motivational approach, students who excel Uganda Certificate Examinations (UCE) are granted the opportunity to study outside of the Karamoja sub-region. This year 8 students 5 boys and 3 girls benefitted from this affirmative arrangement. The boys were admitted at Kiira College Butiki while the girls were admitted to Iganga Girls’ Secondary School. The students received the scholastic materials and basic personal requirements that the beneficiaries in Karamoja receive throughout the year.

 Table 3:  Students selected to study outside Karamoja region in 2016

Name

Former School

Sex

Agg

Div

 

School outside Karamoja

Lokuth Allan

Moroto High School

M

16

1

Kiira college Butiki

Lodim Robert Lomer

Moroto High School

M

19

1

Kiira College Butiki

Pulkol Daniel

Moroto High School

M

20

1

Kiira College Butiki

Apuda Joseph

Moroto High School

M

20

1

Kiira College Butiki

Ilukol Daniel

Moroto High School

M

22

1

Kiira College Butiki

Ichumar Lucy

Kangole Girl s Secondary School

F

31

1

Iganga Secondary School

Ayaa Theodestina

Jubilee 2000 Secondary School

F

31

1

Iganga Seconday School

Nachap Elizabeth

Kangole Girls Secondary School

F

32

1

Iganga Girls Secondary School

From the programme evaluations as well as the interactions with the students and the community, the need to support students for vocational training has been enormous. This need has been as a result of various reasons among which is the students who come from child – headed homes and would like to look after their siblings after completion of O’level, those whose academic performance does not favour them to continue with high school and the need to acquire skills where they can quickly get employment and be able to fend for their families. As such, the programme opened up to provide support to students who opt for vocational education again on a case by case basis. There are 21 students (5 males and 16 females). These beneficiaries are enrolled in institutions within and outside the karamoja sub region including; the Primary Teachers’ Colleges (PTCs) in Moroto and Kotido, Matany School of Nursing and Midwifery, Ngora and Kalongo school of nursing. 

THE CORPORATE GOVERNANCE WORKSHOP

On 10th March 2017, Forum for African Women Educationalists Uganda Chapter (FAWEU) organized a corporate governance workshop for its Board of Directors and Senior Managers at Kabira Country Club Kampala.

The workshop aimed at building the capacity of stakeholders in strategic leadership and corporate governance in the areas related to the growth cycle of the organization.

In her opening remarks, the FAWEU Executive Director Ms. Christine Semambo Sempebwa said that, “As an Organization we are interested in organizational development and growth and so are our partners. To achieve this, we need to continue reflecting, learning and focusing on the change affects the organization is creating and positioning itself strategically.”

Ms. Christine Kyeyune Kawooya, the Vice Chairperson of the FAWEU Board of Directors noted that, “Strategic leadership is what makes or breaks an organization and this training is aimed at strengthening FAWEU’s governance and align it to the changing and dynamic environment we currently operate in.”

Facilitators from the Institute of Corporate Governance of Uganda (ICGU) made key presentations at the event including;  key governance areas such as;  sustainability of the organization, role of the Board, Board effectiveness, policy formulation,  communication and stakeholder management, role of the board in resource mobilization, legal issues and membership growth.

Mr. Leo Kibirango from ICGU commented that, “Board effectiveness is about accomplishing tasks regardless of certain constraints such as budget, inflation, and interest rate changes. For the Board to be effective, members should be aware of their roles, provisions of dynamic governance, performance management and adequate oversight in conformity to laws, policies, best practice and industry standards.”

The members appreciated the two day workshop, as being highly successful with the Board of Directors and Management taking on key action points focused at strengthening the organization.

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