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pdf.png Final report CP in fishing communities HOT

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This report presents findings of a qualitative research on Community Based Child ProtectionMechanisms (CBCPMs) in a fishing community  on the shores of Lake Victoria, in Uganda. Whereas it is widely acknowledged that the protection rights of children in the fishing
communities are at great risk, no attempts have been made to understand the vulnerabilities and abuse that children in these communities suffer, nor the existing responses. The purpose of this study therefore was to identify the abuses and risks to children in fishing communities, and document the existing community-based child protection processes and mechanisms.



pdf.png INVESTING IN UGANDAN CHILDREN A RESPONSE TO UGANDA'S NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN II

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Science provides evidence that a critical window for brain development exists during early childhood, when new neural connections are formed during rapid proliferation. Then, through the process of pruning, the connections are refined as those that are not used frequently are pruned away, and those used more frequently are reinforced (Center of the Developing Child, n.d.).

Thus, a child’s early experiences and interactions with the physical, emotional and social stimuli of their environment play a large role in dictating future cognitive and behavioral development.

In adulthood, the brain’s malleability is reduced and it will become increasingly more difficult to alter cognitive functions and behaviours that have already been wired. Studies have shown that many issues in physical and mental health, economic productivity, and social citizenship can be traced back to adverse experiences during childhood; these will be discussed more in-depth in the body of the paper.



pdf.png OVCs and Justice System in Uganda HOT

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pdf.png AfriChild’s involvement in the National Child Rights Convention and Learning Event

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The National child rights convention and learning event was a two-day occasion convened from June 13th to 14th 2016 at Silver Springs Hotel, Bugolobi by the Uganda Child Rights NGO Network (UCRNN) together with the Ministry of Gender Labor and Social Development (MGLSD) and AfriChild; Center for the study of the African child.



pdf.png A Ugandan Childhood Through the eyes of children and parents HOT

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In 2011, 320 children from across Uganda participated in a consultation on the nature of childhood in the country. Drawn from urban and rural areas in the south, north, east and west, children shared their hopes as they described what they saw ‘doing well’ as a child to mean. Over 150 parents, from the same communities, indicated their own aspirations for their children as they too described what they saw as marking those children who were ‘doing well’. The findings suggest some key characteristics defining children’s well-being in contemporary Uganda, which should shape national approaches to child protection. The consultation also revealed important differences in the perspectives of children and parents, and in expectations of boys and girls, that inform work in promoting children’s well-being across the nation.



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