It is rare to see a blog where children living in African villages can make themselves heard and perhaps even fewer where the youngsters are informed enough to really make an impact with what they are saying.
Very little has changed over the last hundred years in these villages, but for most readers of this blog, we can remember when there were no calculators and digital watches and how far has the world changed since then?
According to UNICEF figures, 70% of adolescents aged 10-19 in Uganda believe a husband is justified in hitting his wife. 20% of girls aged 15-19 are already married or living together with a partner. In the villages the figure is 52%. 37% of boys are involved in child labour and 12.8% of children die before their fifth birthday. And of course birthdays are rarely if ever celebrated. Only 15% of girls attend secondary schools.
So, what do these village children think about their lives, which are so different from our own?
Our work is to find children living in slums and rural villages who have a passion to change their communities and to give them a chance to share their voice with world on this blog.
This year we are working with international organisations to document the life experience of the children on the project, whether they be from rural or slum locations and train them to become social entrepreneurs that can work with NGOs to create change in Uganda, or simply alleviate poverty with the latest ideas and technologies through their own efforts.
CALL FOR SOCIAL MEDIAVOLUNTEERS
If you have a social network that you can circulate this blog to or you have experience in creating or implementing social media campaigns, we need your help to put across the words of disadvantaged youth in Uganda. Just send a note to socentafrica at gmail dot com or respond to the blog. You can also follow us on Twitter
Before you go, perhaps you can take time to read:
Charles, aged 14 – Hearing the Voice of Rural Youth
Gilbert, aged 16 – Healing using music and drama
Joel, aged 14 – Children’s rights in Uganda or
Nancy, aged 15 – I can bring confidence to girls in my village
Francis, aged 16 – Change is coming in Uganda