UNHCR Uganda: Child Protection Thematic Report (October 2018)
- 726,780: Registered Refugee children
- 63%: Percentage of children amongst refugee population as of October 2018
- 49,548: Number of unaccompanied or separated children (UASC)
- 73%: Percentage of Children under 12 years
- 27%: Percentage of Adolescents and Youth
- On 11th October, various settlements across the Uganda Operation joined the rest of the world in celebrating the International Day of the Girl Child. The main aims of the day are to promote girl’s empowerment and fulfilment of their human rights while also highlighting the challenges that girls all over the world face. With this year’s theme being “With her: A skilled Girl Force, settlements including Bidibidi, Oruchinga, Kiryandongo etc. conducted several activities that involved hundreds of girls, and includes children’s parliament forums, debates, Music Dance and Drama, games and sports etc. Issues discussed also included the increase school drop-out rates among girls, the lack of parental support. Participants called for increased participation of Girls and sensitization of parents and caregivers on the rights of the girl-child.
- UNHCR hosted a two-day successful workshop on the 30th and 31st October 2018 in Kampala, organized by the Child Protection Sub-Working Group and led by the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development (MoLGSD), and involved many actors including officials from Education, the OPM, and refugee child protection agencies. The workshop aimed at reviewing the Refugee Child Protection Case Management SOP, and aligning it with the National Case Management Tools. The workshop marked the final review process which had begun with all child protection agencies reviewing the Child Protection Case Management SOP in preparation for the roll-out of the proGres v4 Child Protection Module. The workshop was critical in ensuring the engagement of the MoLGSD in child protection in the refugee response, and to align our SOPs with the national case management tools.
- Several capacity building interventions took place across the operation. In Bidibidi, UNHCR facilitated a Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA) training for 160 child protection committee members from zone 2 and 75 staffs to equip them with knowledge and skills in PSEA, and 2 BID trainings for 96 (52M, 46F) child protection staffs as part of the Best Interest Procedure (BIP) activities for general improvement in the child protection individual case management. Several trainings targeting various audiences including case workers, and community groups on a wide range of subjects including case management, alternative care, the new BIP Guidelines, parenting skills took place in Kiryandongo, Kwangwali, Arua, and settlements in the South-West.
- Various life skills events were organised for children, adolescents and youths in several locations in the Operation. In Kwangwali in the Mid-west, modular life skills trainings for both in and out of school adolescents and youths including child mothers, fathers and teenage pregnant girls, totalling 665 were trained. Similarly, 33 adolescents were engaged in Peer to peer sessions. A total of 749 adolescents and youths also participated in a forum in Omugo where they focussed on Adolescents as a discussion point. They shared their views and created awareness on the challenges they face as adolescents and an action plan was developed to guide the community members on key activities to engage with the adolescents.
- Awareness raising activities were carried out in several settlements targeting varied audiences. In Nakivale, 3 awareness sessions were conducted with parents on parenting skills, children’s rights and responses to SGBV cases in the community. 147 individuals participated in the activity. Another session was also conducted with children, focusing on importance of school retention, participating in their own protection etc. In Imvepi, meetings were conducted with 250 parents on positive parenting, family conflict management and for resource mobilization for ECD/CFS centers in order to fill the gaps from school feeding program, lack of support of the fostered children etc.