Our Children, Our Hope!
Children are the world’s most valuable resource and its best hope for the future.
– John Fitzgerald Kennedy
Partners for Vulnerable children is a non-profit making Organization located in Soroti District with the sole objective of providing voluntary services to the orphans and the most disadvantaged –vulnerable children in the Universal Primary Schools (UPE).
Drawing from the Survey done under SHOA Institute of Catering and Hotel Management and with due consideration to the various constraints faced by the rural Communities in ensuring their children go to school and stay in school, Partners for Vulnerable Children (PVC) work with Head teachers of selected schools to uplift the standards. PVC is taking into account the many pre-requisites which would help deliver good education coupled with the effort of all stake holders to realize this goal. The survey conducted in June – July 2010 identified a number of factors contributing to the high dropout rate. Both pupils and teachers lack motivation, some of these factors include: hunger, lack of scholastic materials, text books, uniforms, and de-motivation of teachers with the resultant absenteeism and in some circumstances the ratio of teacher to pupil is unrealistic which affects quality.
The specific objectives of the Program:
- To carryout educational and sensitization programs on children’s rights in Schools of Universal Primary Education (UPE). Important to note in this program is the fight against dehumanizing tendencies of child-sacrifice, child labour, child negligence, early marriages among others.
- To provide direct support to destitute and vulnerable children-often from desperate families or orphaned who are of school going age. UPE has given a chance to all children to go to school and indeed there are big numbers of children going to school but equally big is the number that drop out for lack of many personal facilities to enable them continue. These include but not limited to scholastic materials (books, pens, and including school uniform)
- Work with school Administrations to help improve school feeding. This objective is in response to the fact that children are dropping out of school due to hunger. PVC would like to help a selected number of schools open up gardens and buy seed for them to grow crops such as beans, potatoes and maize.
Through this intervention and the involvement of the Communities, Partners for Vulnerable Children expects to cause behavior change and sustainable standards in the schools. In the recent assessment survey done, it was noted that of all the children who enroll to primary one, less than fifty percent make it to Primary Leaving examinations. This will also be part of our yardstick to assess impact depending on the sustainability of the program in the next three years.