The American Embassy in Uganda has extended support to the Generations For Peace program to address gender-based violence in Ugandan schools.
The program aims at supporting local teachers and youth leaders in Wakiso and Soroti, on two secondary school campuses to address and reduce gender-based violence that has become an increasingly pressing issue across the country.
The program will be running for 12 months from April 2018.
School-related gender-based violence affects Ugandan students in staggering numbers. Studies by Ministry of Education and Sports have indicated that upwards of 43 per cent of students in Uganda experience bullying and corporal punishment, while over 40 per cent experience sexual abuse and gender-based violence either in or on their way to or from school.
Speaking on the organisation’s optimism about the programme, Generations For Peace CEO Mark Clark expressed gratitude for the support from US Embassy.
U.S. Embassy Spokesperson Phil Dimon stated that Generations For Peace’s unique and proven approach to peace building provides the ideal means of engaging with students to build trust, tolerance, and acceptance among one another.
“Its work with youth-focused leadership activities that promote gender equality give it the perfect leverage to create meaningful impact in the fight against school-related gender-based violence in Uganda”
Jonathan Ssembajwe, Rights of Young Foundation Executive Director pointed out that this program Generations is not only critical for the development of youth in our country but is also directly in line with our mission to promote children’s and youths’ rights and welfare.