Second Chance Education for Child Mothers: Pakwach District Prioritizes Girl Child Empowerment

MEMPROW Leads Advocacy Walk in Collaboration with Local Government and other CSOs

In Pakwach District,  on 15th June 2024, MEMPROW facilitated together with other stakeholders including the District Local Government an advocacy walk promoting Second Chance Education for Child Mothers. This initiative aligned perfectly with the 2024 global theme for the Day of the African Child, “Education for all children in Africa: the time is now.”

The walk provided a platform for key figures to address the critical issue of girl child education and the specific challenges faced by child mothers seeking to return to school. Speeches by prominent attendees highlighted the importance of collective action:

The Local Chairperson (LCV) emphasized parental responsibility and leadership in safeguarding girls’ well-being and educational attainment. He announced scholarship opportunities through other CSOs like the Africa Water Solution program, is currently benefiting 40 girls in the District. He also acknowledged the ongoing fight for justice and reaffirmed unwavering support for girl child education, particularly for survivors of sexual violence.

The representative Civil Society Organization (CSO) representative from ActionAid International Uganda, expressed appreciation to the Pakwach DLG for their collaborative efforts, which significantly enhance their work in child protection.

MEMPROW’s Executive Director threw light on the limited choices faced by uneducated girls, especially survivors of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV). She urged Pakwach leaders to prioritize the implementation of Second Chance Education programs.

The District Education Officer (DEO), Christine Acayo, who was also the Guest of Honor, championed education as a cornerstone for promoting gender equality and achieving sustainable development. She emphasized the need to dismantle barriers that hinder girls’ access to education.

Conclusively, The event underscored the collective responsibility to ensure that all children, regardless of their background, have access to quality learning and development opportunities. Educating a girl child empowers not only herself but also her family and the nation as a whole.

Investing in the Future: Support Second Chance Education

MEMPROW advocates for continued support and investment in Second Chance Education programs through the Her Voice Advocacy project that supports re-entry and re-integrations of child mothers in school. By prioritizing girls’ education, we pave the way for a more prosperous and equitable future for all. Together, we can break the cycle of poverty and empower child mothers to reach their full potential.