Opdatering februar 2022:
Reduction and empowerment of young female dropouts in Soroti District, Uganda, phase II The first two years of the project have been very successful, and phase II (two more years) started 01.12. 2021 with extension of both target groups, goals and activities. Long term objective: To build a community that promotes reduction of the socio-economic consequences of female school dropout and supports the girls in exploring their full skill potential. Short term objectives:
- To strengthen the capacity of the community advocacy groups established in phase I in order to spearhead advocacy engagement with duty bearers on child rights, gender, as well as conflict management and psycho-social support of young school dropout girls in the communities and schools.
- To support the socio-economic resilience of young female dropouts through sustained skilling in the necessary and relevant education and vocational skills. Further to form an Association of Teenage Mothers that will serve as a pinnacle that spearheads initiation of strong, independent and self-supporting young female dropouts.
Expected outputs: The school and community advocacy groups will continue creating awareness of girl child rights and mediate reconciliation between teenage mothers and their parents. Teenage mothers and other dropouts receive psycho-social support and sexual education. Those who want to go back to school are helped to de so (more schools now allow teenage mothers to come back), others are trained and equipped with vocational skills. They are supported with a start-up capital, trained in basic financial management and helped to start their own small businesses. The girls are members of a saving association, and phase I of the project has success stories of many girls who are now able to fend for themselves and their children. Activities: The advocacy groups formed in the pilot phase will receive organizational capacity strengthening. Girls who receive vocational training will form a registered Association of Teenage Mothers, and they will have additional training in sustainable agriculture and environmental conservation. Partner: The project is implemented by a local NGO, Community Integrated Development Initiatives (CIDI).