Innocent Byaruhanga, the Assistant Commissioner in charge of family affairs in the ministry says that it’s not clear what exactly children learn at the mentorship programmes even as organizers of such initiatives say they are bridging a parenting gap and yet are charging huge sums of money.
As children mentorship programs gain popularity and organizers
start earning big from initiatives, the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social
Development says many of them are holding these as commercial ventures and are
not guided on what exactly they are passing on to children.
Innocent Byaruhanga, the Assistant Commissioner in charge of family affairs in
the ministry says that it’s not clear what exactly children learn at the
mentorship programs even as organizers of such initiatives say they are
bridging a parenting gap and yet are charging huge sums of money.
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Popular among the mentor-ship programs is the Kisakatte organized by Buganda
Kingdom where children converge at specified places during holidays and are
taught among others home chores like peeling, preparing a traditional Buganda
meal among others.
Recently other people have joined in targeting different
individuals and equipping children with different skills.
The Boy mentorship program which teaches boys of age 17 and below issues
ranging from how to boost confidence through mastering the art of public
speaking, defending themselves when faced with a crisis in addition to male
roles in a home or society has previously been on the spot for its militaristic
boot camp program where critics said children are taken through drills that
are not appropriate for their age.
Godfrey Kuteesa, the brain behind this programme says such initiatives are a
vital part of society now as the social fabric is getting eroded and yet
parents are too busy leaving children unattended to.
He has now come up the girl’s mentorship program that is run by his female
colleague. The girl’s mentorship wing held their initial boot camp in December
where girls were taken through a number of activities including housekeeping,
personal hygiene and expression.
The ministry says moving forward to engage in such, individuals need to seek
clearance and guidance from the ministry, something that hasn’t been