Benson Katyango Boeing, a Senior Education Officer of Kotido district says girls are at the risk of dropping out of school once their parents don’t give them another chance to study and complete their education because despite early pregnancies.
According to the report, Katakwi Town Council leads with 190 cases, followed by Magoro with 188, Usuk Sub County 177, Katakwi Sub County 137, Ongongoja Sub County with 115 cases, Ngariam 89, Kapujan 87 and Omodoi 100 while Palam Sub County registered the least number with eleven cases.
In the campaign dubbed Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, male officers donned womens clothing, shoes and carried handbags in a journey that started at the Railway grounds through the streets of Kampala to Simbamannyo building- the headquarters of the Ministry of Gender.
Ensuring girls stay in school could boost the developing world economy by 21 billion shillings a year according to a new United Nations study. Girls are less likely than boys to complete schooling and more likely to face forced marriage, child labour, female genital mutilation and other undermining practices.
Alowo Grace Fiona, a student at Petta Community Secondary School in Tororo district cited early and forced marriages as a key issue preventing girls from attaining education. She painfully indicated how some parents look at their daughters as sex objects only good for marriage.
The Coalition on Girls Empowerment says that many girls, who drop out due to pregnancy, have been victimized by schools, fellow pupils and communities adding that the development of a policy on re-entry would go a long way in improving retention levels for girls in school and reduce illiteracy among women.
The campaign dubbed, national Campaign on Adolescent Girls, will be launched next week on the International Day of the Girl Child IDGC, a day designated for promoting the rights of girls and addressing the unique challenges they face.
The number of girls dropping out of school to marry continues to increase in Lyantonde district despite availability of a by-law to check the problem. In 2007, Lyantonde district passed a by-law to ensure all children go to school.
Juma Hassan Nyene, the police spokesperson East Kyoga told our reporter that the Resident State Attorney (RSA) instructed the police to release the suspect Gabriel Esone while investigations continue. However, parents have threatened to lynch the head teacher if he returns to Obule Primary School.
The enactment of Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation -FGM Act has helped to considerably reduce the practice among the communities in the Sebei and Karamoja sub regions, according to the United Nations.
Lamwo district has resolved to go on a door to door campaign to get more girl children enrolled and kept in schools in 2014. This comes after the strategy proved successful in Lokung, one of its sub counties in 2013.
The teenager who dreams of becoming a nurse is angered with parents that undermine girl child education. She further pleads with the courts of laws to never exercise leniency to teachers that defile their students.
Christine Tekho a mother of nine children gave birth to her first child at 15 years in 1992. The first family planning programme was introduced in Katikekile sub county Moroto district in 1997. In Karamoja region, the more daughters a man has, the richer he is considered since each girl is equal to 100 cows irrespective of their educational level yet many of them do not get opportunities to study.
MP Betty Awol Ochan, a member of the Food security Forum, said that government should emphasize childrenâ€™s rights to education, health and marriage at the right age. She said this calls for promotion of sex related education and that both the youth in schools and out of school should be targeted.