My name is Atube Joel the member of the Butterfly Project from Northern Uganda. We are called the Butterfly North members. I am 14 years old.
According to me, children’s rights are the needs of children to enjoy good lives in the community and from their parents so that they get every things they want in the level of their needs.
In Uganda children rights are taken as the most important thing by every citizen of the country .We as the children, we are the future generation of our country and that is why our country takes our rights the important thing in our country.
The government of our country Uganda have stated the law against the children rights and any adult found doing the bad things to any child or abusing ,in Uganda the law will not agree and that person will be punished by imprisonment or in any other way chosen by the government. Such abuses include the following
1. Defilement and Rape.
This is the way of forcing the child or giving the young child in order to abuse him or her sexually.this can affect the child in many ways such as; getting diseases like AIDS and many other sexual transmitted infections.
this is the man trying to defile the young girl
2. Over beating the child frequently.
This can cause the child to run away from home for street, cause brain damage, the disability of that child just to do any piece of work.
3. Denying food to the child
This is mainly done in the extended family, the child who has been transferred from the other family or he may be the relative to that family he is extended to or an orphan may be denied food some times due to many family members that is very difficult to rule and feed.Especially if the child is HIV positive, he may not be allowed to play with the healthy ones and the food will e divided from the other children in the family.
4. Giving heavy work to the child (child labour).
This work could be letting the child dig in the garden from morning till sunset, giving the child to carry a load that he is not able to carry, working in the quarry, etc..
5. Child sacrifice.
This is the process of giving the child to the devil to look for the riches, solve the problems from other people’s homes by witching and others behead the child in order to put under the building to make it stand strong.
There are very many forms of child abuse and child labour that are still taking place in Uganda up to now but the government of Uganda is trying to fight against them.
SOME EXAMPLES OF CHILDREN RIGHTS INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING.
1. Right for education.
We as the children we have the right to educate .Our parents have to pay for our school fees, buy books and other things needed for schooling because we are the future generation of our country. for example being a doctor,teachers , drivers, presidents and members of parliament. etc
2. Rights to have basic needs.
example of the basic needs may include food, clothing , education, etc. this help us to be happy with our parents and our community as well
3. Right to play
A child has a right to play with each other inorder to refresh his mind from the work he/she have been doing , to keep him/her self fit, to get time to socialise with others.
4.Right for good medical care.
Children have a right to have good medical care in case they are sick. This includes taking them to hospitals, buying medicines from the clinic, etc.
5.Right to be near his/her parents.
A child who is not near his parents does not have a good life. e.g he/she can miss teaching from parents. e.g teaching respect
We as children do have many rights apart from those rights
As a change maker I have started my project through the help of the Butterfly Project. It is called ” Children’s Rights Through Art” and we use art to inform children about their rights.
I always run my project as follows.
MY PROJECT “CHILDREN’S RIGHTS THROUGH ART”
The project is about the improvement of children’s rights in the Acholi Quarter and in the remote areas ie. villages and to some extent Uganda in general.
I implemented this project in April 2011 and I found my 15 members from the Acholi Quarter in Kireka. We drew some art pieces concerning child abuse and child labour and the ways parents use to oppress them.
EXAMPLES OF THE ARTS THAT WE DO INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING.
1. We draw art pieces that tell about child labour.
These art pieces can help the parents to learn at least some of the bad effects of the heavy works they use to give to their children. The notice that we made to the community tells parents and other adults about the law on child labour and they may start to fear imprisonment. This has not just started from me but the children have already started fighting for their right to be free from the heavy works due to good government policy. For example as so shown below .
2. We also draw about the abuses of the children.
We draw the pictures that show different kinds of the child abuses such as defilement, rape, beating of the child , denying the child food, etc.
THE REASONS FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE PROJECT.
Since I came to Kampala , I found the ways that children in the Acholi Quarter are living with their parents are not good for the wellbeing of the good child. This hurt me and made me think about the establishment of this project. I also thought it can’t just be in the Acholi Quarter but it can be in very many places in Uganda.
1. to improve on the way children live with their parents.
2. to make the children happy with their community .
3. to let the children do the good things that can make the people of the community enjoy the good life as they wish.
4. to decrease the number of the street children.
We have been giving these informations through the following ways.
– By making posters of what we have drawn and do some writing to teach the community.
– Teaching the community of the Acholi Quarter about the rights of children.
– Posting the pictures we drew to the friends on Facebook so that they should give information to the other parts of the country where we cannot reach and even outside Uganda. We hope even to find organisations that can support us.
CHILDREN ARE ACHIEVING SELF CONFIDENCE FROM THE PROJECT AND THIS HELPS THEM IN THEIR LIVES
They now talk and do things concerning their rights without fear to improve themselves or their circumstances .
However, if I am also abused I can speak up for my rights to the adult without fear and give me also happiness in my community
Lastly, I want to speak up about the Butterfly Project and how it continues into the future, which is important for all of Butterfly North and also the future of Uganda.
PROBLEMS WE HAVE
1.We have not got any funding organisation yet to support us.
2. We have a problem of art materials due to lack of funds in the Butterfly Project.
3. We lack communication network due to internet problems from lack of power and too few computers.
PLEASE SUPPORT US OR LINK US TO SOME ORGANISATIONS THAT CAN DO FOR US A FAVOUR IF YOU COME ACROSS THIS.
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