Patience Namanya, the Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights Coordinator at Ministry of Gender says they are planning to cater for young people aged 10 to 24years and that in addition to involving community leaders, they want to integrate sexuality education in already existing programmes such as the youth livelihood programme that is currently attracting numbers of rural youth. Among the key areas of study for older children is equipping them with parenting skills.
The closure of schools which has lasted close to two years has sent many would-be learners into employment, scores of them working in paid and unpaid forms of work in the mines in Moroto, Kaabong and Nakapiripirit districts. Area leaders fear that many of these children might never return to school, even after the reopening in January.
Mondo Kyateeka, the Commissioner of Youth and Children’s Affairs says that girls need to start reporting cases of cyber harassment through the line noting that all through the lockdown which involved school closures, they were receiving other cases such as sexual assault, incest and torture.
Fred Ngabirano, the Commissioner of Youth and Children’s Affairs in the Ministry of Gender Labour and Social Development and Focal Point Person for the Moroto Juvenile Remand says the ministry will first complete and operationalize Moroto Remand Home ahead of other regional homes in Masindi and Gulu.
Prof. Paul Bakuluki of Makerere University’s Department of Social Work and Social Administration who was one of the investigators said men had started unpaid care work such as preparing food, fetching water and cleaning whereas their female counterparts are embracing non-traditional roles such as paying for food and meeting costs of health care.
According to the new directive which comes amidst concerns of migrant workers testing negative while still in the country only for them to test positive at arrival in their countries of destination, workers are supposed to present results done within 24 hours of travel at the airport. They also must be verified for authenticity.
The IGAD Executive Secretary Workneh Gebeyehu says that the young people are particularly vulnerable to being mobilized into destructive occupations such as ethnic and politically motivated violence, criminal enterprises and radicalization into violent extremism.
During her monitoring visit to Katakwi District on Thursday, Kanyike said the ministry’s technical team is developing a cabinet paper to be discussed in the cabinet on how to reduce the age of beneficiaries.
Although the program has registered numerous challenges in recovery and project implementation, the new findings by the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development through independent consultants from the university of California Los Angeles and Makerere University indicates that at least some districts performed well.
According to the Gender Minister, Peace Mutuuzo Regis, the money is needed to support the department of employment to facilitate the establishment of a one-stop centre for all Government agencies involved in clearance and support of Migrant workers.
Mukwaya, who is on a working visit in Entebbe monitoring the two programmes also faulted the Town Clerk Katabi town council on failure to monitor all government employees meant to assist the local population on community development.