No.1

Education

Schools and education systems can help by encouraging parents and children to enroll and attend. Having quality education can increase the likelihood of children finding paid work in adulthood, and taking part in organized activities can make it less likely that children will become involved in aggressive behaviour or violence.

Schools can also be ideal places for activities aimed at preventing violence. They can involve many young people at one time, influencing them early in life. Skilled teachers can deliver violence prevention programmes and act as significant role models outside of family or community life. Schools can reach parents, improving parenting practices that may be harmful to children’s health and education.

Schools make ideal environments to challenge some of the harmful social and cultural norms (standards or patterns that are typical or expected) that tolerate violence towards others (for example, gender-based violence

Safe Schools

Project Overview

Violence can also affect educational outcomes and children’s potential to lead successful and prosperous lives. Schools are in a unique position to address and prevent violence against children. Not only are schools accountable in ensuring that their premises are safe and protective but they can also take an active role in engaging the community on issues related to violence. This can include violence that takes place in schools, such as physical violence, sexual violence, bullying, and corporal punishment. It can also include types of violence that emerge in the home and community, such as child maltreatment, dating and intimate-partner violence and elder abuse.  Children continue to be exposed to diverse forms of violence, often permissible and buttressed by cultural beliefs and practices. Violence against children occurs on a large scale and in virtually all settings.

Unfortunately, only a small proportion of all acts of violence against children are reported and investigated and few perpetrators are held accountable. This is due to poor reporting mechanisms and some of the victims fear to report because the perpetrators are either their parents, teachers, guardians or other relatives. In July 2013, a study on assessing the extent and the impact of protection and safety problems impacting children in Uganda’s schools revealed that of the children interviewed who experienced sexual abuse at schools, the minority –only 40% of girls and 39% of boys- reported it; many “never” did so. Children lacked awareness on child rights in schools, which inhibited them from reporting the violence they experienced.

Goal of the Program

The goal of this program is to empower schools with the capacity to prevent and respond to school related gender-based violence.

What We are Doing

Improving the awareness and advocacy on school related Gender Based Violence at all levels.

Improving access and retention for all school age children, with emphasis on girl child education.

Strengthening capacity of local communities, SMCs and parents, Teachers Associations and greater community participation to fight against school related gender-based violence.

Objectives

Strengthen capacity of local communities, SMCs and parents Teachers Associations and greater community participation to fight against child gender-based violence.

Develop legal and policy frameworks that specifically address violence against children in schools and communities.

Improve access and retention for all school age children, with emphasis on girl child education and gender parity thus making schools a safer learning environment.

To build the capacity of girls and boys to understand, challenge and skills to resist Gender Based Violence and discrimination.

Improve awareness and advocacy on child related Gender Based Violence at all levels.

No. 2

Child Protection

The Child Protection programme is aimed at protecting children against abuse, exploitation and violence in their diverse forms and in all settings. Areas of focus include strengthening child protection systems, building capacity of child protection duty bearers; child rights awareness and advocacy for responsive laws as well as increasing access to quality services for preventing and responding to child abuse.

Strengthening Community-Based Child Protection systems

Project Overview

ACR puts children and communities at the Centre of its programs. As a child-centred community organization, ACR believes that engaging local communities in child protection leads to more relevant, appropriate and effective results. Traditionally not only the parents, but also wider family and community members are seen as the main caregivers of children in Uganda and they are usually also the first responders in an emergency situation. Girls and boys themselves also play an important role in protecting themselves and their peers. By strengthening the knowledge, skills and capacities of both children and adults, key risks such as family separation, child labour and violence against children can be prevented and eliminated more effectively. On community level, ACR supports community-based child protection networks, such as local child protection groups, child, adolescent and youth clubs and foster-care families.

Goal of the Program.

The purpose of the community-based approach to child protection is to empower communities to take charge of issues affecting children and to take action to prevent and respond to violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of children.

What We are Doing

Building and strengthening child protection structures at national, and local levels which include Probation and Social welfare officer at district level, child and family protection unit and local councils.

Building capacity of child protection committees to enable them to effect their duties in the child rights arena, provision of critical child rights related information to facilitate advocacy activities and community policing.

Strengthening reporting, tracking, referral and response on violence against children from local councils up to district level.

Objectives

To increase community awareness of child protection risks and rights violations among the community.

To strengthen case management services for children.

To empower community through the different Child Protection Committee initiatives.

To Prevent and respond to child protection violations through reporting, tracking, referral and response on violence against children

No. 3

Health

Under this program, Advocacy for Child Relief aims at working with other stakeholders such as Ministry of Health, district health officers; community based organisation and local communities to promote early childhood development and adolescent sexual and reproductive health in Uganda. In regards to adolescent reproductive and sexual health, we empower in and out-of-school youth with information and skills through, economic empowerment, linkage to services, community mobilization and promoting model parenting.

This include;

Child health (0-5y)

Maternal health and Child Nutrition

Adolescent sexual and reproductive health

WASH and HIV/AIDS.

No. 4

Research

ACR understand that useful research relies on high quality data. We bring decades of methodological experience and broad substantive expertise to all parts of the data collection process.  When designing baselines studies, monitoring and evaluations and other projects, we use mixed methods (quantitative and qualitative) and determine how best to combine different methodological procedures to answer the most challenging questions. We design surveys to collect information, applying rigorous sampling methodologies and tailoring instruments and data collection strategies to answer the most challenging questions. To turn data into actionable information, we provide first-rate statistical analysis for all research projects. We offer high-quality, timely and professional data collection services to gather/collect data from various data sources. With having the best team of data collection professionals, we collect and deliver data in well-organized formats. we do collaborate with other organizations or institutions in evidence generation.

No. 5

Internship/Volunteer

Overall Objective:

To contribute to nurturing and developing upcoming Children Rights Defenders and Practitioners.

Applications for the ACR internship and volunteer Program are now open. Sign up now and help make a difference in the community.

The ACR Internship Program is a volunteer program. Interns will primarily be involved in any of the following areas of interest and managing fundraising events. Additionally, to enable personal and professional development, interns will work in different departments of the organization.

At ACR, we believe that internships are mutually beneficial both to the organization and the intern, in terms of experience gained and opportunities for development; they are also a means of bringing new ideas, creative ways of thinking and a different perspective to the work of the organization.

We therefore endeavor to make interning at ACR a challenging, worthwhile and enjoyable experience and to engage interns in real, meaningful activities, providing them with new challenges and learning experiences.

Whereas assignments to interns depend on the intern’s knowledge and skills, attempt is made to match the interests of the intern with the needs of the organization.

Specific Objectives

  1. To provide a framework by which students and practitioners from diverse academic backgrounds may be assigned to ACR projects where their educational experience can be enhanced through practical work assignments;
  2. To expose interns to practical children rights work;
  3. To provide ACR with the assistance of highly qualified students specialized in various professional fields;
  4. To encourage cross-cultural exchange, sharing knowledge and information and strengthening children rights respect everywhere.

Internships are undertaken on a voluntary basis, and as such are unpaid. However, ACR offers assistance and guidance in locating accommodation for international interns on request as well as giving basic information about ACR and Uganda.

The duration of an internship is usually short-term, for a period of between three to six months but may occasionally be shorter or longer; and is also dependent on the availability and academic requirements of the intern, as well as the needs of ACR.

General Requirements for Interns

  1. Presently enrolled or recently graduated from a Graduate Programme in Law, Human Rights, Social Sciences, public health and Development oriented subjects in addition to other international programmes.
  2. Be interested to further development of children rights in Uganda
  3. Willing to work three to five days a week from 8: 00a.m to 5:00p.m.
  4. International students must be insured and obtain a valid visa. Interested students are advised to check with the Ugandan embassies and consulates in their countries for the visa requirements and the procedure before applying for internship.
  5. During internship, students are expected to act in a professional manner.