Although it is every child’s right to obtain an education, many young girls and boys in the communities we serve don’t realize this right. Rising levels of education are positively correlated with improved quality of life, better opportunities for gainful employment, lower fertility rates among women, more productive farming, better nutrition, improved health and hygiene, lower incidence of disease, reduced early pregnancies and fewer early marriages, among others.
CCUg recognizes education as a fundamental human right that applies equally to all children throughout the world. Our objective is to reduce poverty by providing education to women, youth and children. Through our Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) sponsorship program, we provide scholarships in form of school fees, scholastic materials, guidance and mentoring that enables at-risk children to attend school regularly.
Since OVC are at higher risk of experiencing abuse, neglect and violence, we provide training to caregivers in aspects of child rights, protection and positive parenting so as to create safe and supportive environments for children.
Our program is designed to operate as a sustainable partnership between CCUg, the children who are direct program beneficiaries and their caregivers. This holistic approach empowers the entire household, beginning with the sponsorship of the children, and expanding to include entrepreneurial skills training and access to credit for their caregivers through membership in our local GSP savings programs. Gradually, as the family’s household income stabilizes and increases, we are able to reduce our support while the family increases theirs, enabling their children to remain in school without CCUg assistance.
In our sponsorship program, we prioritize the education of girls taking into account its positive impact on gender equality. This is also reflected in many of our other projects as a way of promoting gender equality in and through education.