What do you understand when somebody talks about human rights of Children? Do you quickly think about sexual abuse, malnutrition, child trafficking and hard labor in which our children are enforced to participate? How do we know that now, this act is a violation of rights when it’s not the above mentioned crimes?
On Tuesday 6 February 2010, I awoke very early in the morning at 5:30am.I prepared myself to leave for town. Minutes after I left home, I met a parent in the junction hundred meters from my home, it was dark and you could hardly see anyone in a distance of thirty meters. All I heard was this parent telling her 13 year old daughter in a local language “Yanguwa..yanguwa “ (Be quick, be quick). I didn’t mind them honestly. I set of my way but at this point, the 13 year old girl was ahead of me 30 meters or more. She looked worried, troubled with no choice at all, she was in the school uniform, and holding her books, therefore she was heading to school at that time (5:30am). From my observation, this kid didn’t want to be on her way to school by that time, she was deeply concerned according to the walk she walked.
To make this story short, when this girl arrived at the branch off to her school, she met a guy who was standing upright the tree which was inches on the parameter wall of the residence. The guy was a rapist who jumped immediately infront of the girl to rape her, she screamed for help but no one was there and me? I was a little bit of away, but then I heard her screaming, thus running to her rescue. I saved her that time, am not sure if I will be around the next time to save her or anyone.
I have been with these questions for years but I hardly get answers. When you walk around Kampala and its suburbs, you see kids going to school as early as 6am and in the evening, kids return home up to 10 pm. This is total child abuse. Now who is to blame for this? Is the schools who are trying to manipulate parents to get more money from them? Is it the Parents trying to let us think that their kids are busy attending school and that being in school is something special that a kid must face all the threats just to make sure she/he is in classes?
Do our schools have procedures they follow when providing Education? Where is the role of Government to make sure that our children are safe both to and from education centers? (Call it schools). Am sure the state has laws to guide teachers while doing their work, why do enforcements fail in almost all Government entities? What should we do to save our children from monsters? What’s the role of both parents and schools? I need answers, who can be of help? I have already talked with the Ministry of Education about this issue, perhaps you can join me and we present a collective voice against this habit.
These days,its very common finding gals aged between 12 to 17 working as housegirls in the surburbs,what will their parents tell them in future?