Uganda has one of the youngest populations in the world, where more than half of the population is younger than age 15. According to the 2019 revision of the World Population Prospects the proportion of children below the age of 15 in 2015 was 48.1 percent in Uganda. Each of these children has the right to development, survival, participation and protection as enshrined in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) (and its Optional Protocols) and the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACRWC). In spite of all these mechanisms, children in Tooro region and Uganda as a whole still face numerous challenges including lack of adequate resources, weak child protection systems, insufficient social protection, HIV and AIDS, inequitable access to quality services, inadequate space for meaningful participation and harmful practices. Growing up in such situations increases the likelihood that children rights will be violated and thus calls for concerted efforts in addressing it.
At TISED-U, promotion and protection of the rights of children is central in our strategic agenda. We use holistic and integrated interventions to change children’s lives in Tooro region. We give more priority to vulnerable children, for example children living and working on the streets, children with disabilities, children in conflict with the law, children heading households, child forced into prostitution, among others. TISED-U also gives special attention to internally displaced children, refugees, children in disaster, conflict and other emergency situations.
SPECIFIC PROJECTS UNDER THIS PROGRAMME AREA
- Establishment and support to children rights protection and promotion structures in schools
- Establishment and support to child rights protection and promotion structures in communities.
- Support to IGAs of parents and guardians of vulnerable children
- Education support to vulnerable children
- Economic support to child headed families.
- Enabling schools and communities deal with child rights violations, including neglect, exploitation and early marriage.
- Enabling vulnerable children access basic necessities of life especially health and education.
- Economic empowerment of parentsand guardians of vulnerable children and enable them respond to the needs of their children.
- Enhance income abilities of child headed families to access basic needs of their families.