Annually Naguru Teenage Information and Health Centre (NTIHC) and other key stakeholders join the rest of the world to commemorate The Day of the African Child (DAC). This Day was first instituted in 1991 for the first time in memory of the 16th June 1976 student uprising in Soweto, South Africa. During that time students marched in protest against the poor quality of education they received and demanded to be taught in their own languages.
Since then, the Organisation of the African Union and its successor, the African Union, have used the DAC to remember these children, to celebrate children in Africa as well as to inspire a sober reflection and action towards addressing the range of challenges that children in Africa face on a daily basis.
The Current NTIHC strategic plan focuses on increasing the understanding of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights and access to appropriate youth-friendly services for young people. This directly relates to the core focus of the 2030 Agenda for sustainable Development for children in Africa.
NTIHC theme for the 2018 celebration therefore was “SRHR as a development issue in Uganda- Leave no child behind”. This theme was derived from the fact that SRHR is a core issue in the development of the country and that if the young people are empowered about their SRHR then development shall be inevitable.
SRHR being the core area of work for NTIHC, we deemed it necessary to focus the theme on the above mentioned. Furthermore, Objective 1: of the NTIHC strategic plan focuses on providing excellent youth friendly SRH services at Kiswa health centre and in the surrounding community, and share best practices with practitioners by providing them with practical learning opportunities. Objective 3 of the strategic plan also focuses on Promotion of Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (ASRHR), increasing awareness, understanding and acceptance of young people’s SRH rights. Both of these core areas focus on advocating for an enabling environment for ASRHR.
This report gives an account of the activity details for the International day of the African child commemoration.
- To create a platform for the young people to deliberate on how empowerment on Sexual and Reproductive health and rights can positively contribute to the development of Uganda.
- To increase knowledge of the young people on Adolescent sexual and reproductive health and rights.
- To create mass awareness the day of the African child and the role of the young people in Uganda development.