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Lamwo In Door-to-Door Campaign To Keep Girls In School

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.

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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.

 

Obora Govia Noe Opira, the Lokung Sub County chairperson, says enrollment of girl children in schools increased tremendously in all parishes in the sub county. He also says they have succeeded in reducing the number of early girl marriages, rape and defilement which were very high.

 

Opira says his council formed a parish education taskforce after what he called a disturbing 2012 report by the Ministry of Health put Lamwo district top on the list of districts with the highest number of early marriages in Uganda.

 

According to Opira, the good results were realized by combing villages door-to-door to sensitize parents on the importance of girl child education at the beginning of every school term.

 

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In addition, Opira says the sub county education ordinance provided for punitive measures for parents that did not send their girl children to school. Those found culpable were forced to commit themselves in writing at the Police and later subjected to community services at the sub county.

 

With a new report by the education committee putting the dropout of girl children at more than 300 girls in 2013 against 856 in the past 3 years, the district is determined to change this status quo by adopting this strategy come 2014.

 

Okoya Mathew Akera, the District speaker, says Lamwo will start by enacting a district specific education ordinance after attempting to implement the one of Kitgum, its mother district with very little gains.

 

He says the district will also strengthen the already existing education task force committees in all the parishes to push for more enrollment of girl children in schools. All councillors are also required to return to their areas and rally public support for girl child education.

 

Ben Owali, the Agoro Sub County Chairperson, says parents in his sub county have maintained a primitive attitude towards the education of girl children preferring to marry them off at an early age, while others keep them home to provide labour in gardens and domestic work instead of sending them to school.

 

Opira wants the district to do more in motivating brilliant girl children and encouraging parents to embrace sex education to eliminate early pregnancies.

 

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As part of the strategy, Lokung Sub County provided scholastic materials such as school boxes, mathematical sets, books and pens to girls that performed well in schools to motivate others to join and stay in schools.

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