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The Impact of Gender and Youths in Transformation of Communities through ESD in RCEs


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The Impact of Gender and Youths in Transformation of Communities through ESD in RCEs
Oyege Ivan, RCE Greater Uganda
8th African RCE Meeting
8-10 August, 2018, Zomba, Malawi

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The Impact of Gender and Youths in Transformation of Communities through ESD in RCEs

  1. 1. THE IMPACT OF GENDER AND YOUTHS IN TRANSFORMATION OF COMMUNITIES THROUGH ESD IN RCEs. THE CASE OF GREATER EASTERN UGANDA RCE. 8th African RCE Conference; 8th – 10th Aug 2018: Zomba, Malawi. THEME: “Upscaling the Impact of African RCE’s in Actualising SDGs” By: Oyege Ivan RCE youth coordinator. 08 – 10 Aug 2018 1BUSITEMA UNIVERSITY - UGANDA
  2. 2. Presentation outline • About Greater Eastern Uganda RCE. • Our focus of GEURCE • Our approach • Challenges • Recommendation 08 – 10 Aug 2018 2BUSITEMA UNIVERSITY - UGANDA
  3. 3. GREATER EASTERN UGANDA REGIONAL CENTER OF EXPERTISE. Acknowledged in December 2012. Officially Lunched ON MONDAY 22ND JULY 2013 AT Busitema University By The State Minister for Higher Education Honorable Dr. John Chrysostom Muyingo 08 – 10 Aug 2018 3BUSITEMA UNIVERSITY - UGANDA
  4. 4. GEURCE – Busitema University • SD is incorporated in the University MISSION. “To provide high standard training, engage in quality research and outreach for Socio- economic Transformation and Sustainable Development” • Cross-cutting course on ESD was developed for Diploma, bachelors, Masters in the Faculty of Science and Education. • ESD run as student association and championed by students, guided by RCE coordinator and patron. • The association provides internship.08 – 10 Aug 2018 4BUSITEMA UNIVERSITY - UGANDA
  5. 5. Our focus: Youths and Gender. • Our communities are majorly youths. • They are very energetic, very flexible, open minded, can adjust to all conditions, very innovative, willing to learn, have less responsibilities, require less facilitation compared to adults, willing to cause change in communities and can be molded to what is desired. • They are able to cause change among teenagers, youths and elderly because; o They know exactly the challenges their peers have and know exactly how to help them out. o They have willingness to help find solutions to communities. 08 – 10 Aug 2018 5BUSITEMA UNIVERSITY - UGANDA
  6. 6. Gender Equality. • The GEURCE and ESD association recognises the important roles that girls/ boys and women/men can play in achieving the SDGs and works to harness the contribution of all people to sustainable development. • Females are invaluable in achieving SDGs. • Females have been incorporated in association leadership and participation in implementing ESD activities. At least 50%. • Role model in encouraging girl child education, encourage staying in school for girls and promote science education. • Involved in career guidance, counseling, sensitisation on sanitation and hygiene and HIV/AIDs regarding girls. 08 – 10 Aug 2018 6BUSITEMA UNIVERSITY - UGANDA
  7. 7. Characteristics of youths the RCE is targeting - Males • Poor, jobless, idle, uneducated or school dropouts • Many motorcycle riders, engage in charcoal burning. • Involve in gambling activities. • Engage in unprotected sexual relations impregnating young girls and at high risk of HIV/ AIDs and STDs • Engage in lawlessness and criminal activities such as theft, looting, rape, defilement, stealing, robery, etc. • Over 50% of inmates in the nearby prisons are males from age 14 to 30.08 – 10 Aug 2018 7BUSITEMA UNIVERSITY - UGANDA
  8. 8. Characteristics of youths the RCE is targeting - Females • Poor academic performance and high dropout rates due to several factors including poverty. • Lack sanitary wear for handling menstrual cycles leading to absenteeism from school • Several cases of unwanted pregnancies • They involve in early marriages • Enticed into sexual relations using money and other material resources • More prone HIV/ AIDS and STDs • Provide labour for the family but also as domestic workers (house helps)08 – 10 Aug 2018 8BUSITEMA UNIVERSITY - UGANDA
  9. 9. Our Approach: Steps to achieve the best from youths. Identify the youths. Qualities – capability (persona vs task) Objectives of the program, their role in the implementation, your role, your expectations, nature of the problem, where it is and how it will be handled. Equip them through training, facilitation, and equipments Chose team leaders among them through merit Supervise their supervisors using good mechanisms. Task them to find the problems in community and solve them08 – 10 Aug 2018 9BUSITEMA UNIVERSITY - UGANDA
  10. 10. Our Approach. • In campus activities  Awareness creating, Sensitization; posters, reading materials, presentations, Mobilization of students to participate in ESD activities, ESD activities like general cleaning, protecting of lawns, Greening the campus-tree planting. • Outreach activities – major approach. Schools; primary and secondary. Communities; town councils and villages. Eco tourism trips to game and forest reserves. • ESD – a cross cutting course in FSE approved by NCHE. All diplomas All undergraduate All masters. 08 – 10 Aug 2018 10BUSITEMA UNIVERSITY - UGANDA
  11. 11. Outreach activities – Schools (primary and secondary) • Teaching • Sensitisation on benefits of education, sanitation and hygiene, HIV/AIDS • Promoting science education. • Supporting Girl child education • Career guidance • General guidance and counseling • Academic mentorship • Conservation of nature and environment 08 – 10 Aug 2018 11BUSITEMA UNIVERSITY - UGANDA
  12. 12. Outreach activities - Community • Partnership with and mobilisation of other stake holders (town council leadership, sub- county leadership, police, community members, students guild and University staff) in general cleaning of the nearby town. • Sensitization and awareness raising about; benefits of education, Girl child education, Sanitation and hygiene, HIV/AIDs • Conservation of nature: Planting trees, Training communities in energy conservation methods and alternative sources of fuel to charcoal and fire wood. 08 – 10 Aug 2018 12BUSITEMA UNIVERSITY - UGANDA
  13. 13. Challenges • Periodic activities during semester only. Some projects like tree planting suffer because of lack of care. • Funding of activities (Most activities funded by the faculty thus limited) • Attitude problems among communities make it difficult to sustain initiated projects. There is no continuity once the university community leaves the activity. • Very engaging academic programmes leave little time for students to be engaged fully in ESD activities 08 – 10 Aug 2018 13BUSITEMA UNIVERSITY - UGANDA
  14. 14. Recommendations • Adopt best practices of youth involvement in ESD to ensure sustainability of projects initiated. • Seek other sources of financing activities. • Scale up activities and follow up • Change attitudes so that ESD can be embedded in individual courses and not run as a cross cutting course. • Build up human resource for the activities 08 – 10 Aug 2018 14BUSITEMA UNIVERSITY - UGANDA
  15. 15. Acknowledgement. • Global RCE network. • UNU for the funding. • Busitema University esp. FSE • Dr. Edward Andama RCE coordinator and Dean FSE. • Mrs. Marageret Stella Ujeyo Suubi – patron ESD association 08 – 10 Aug 2018 15BUSITEMA UNIVERSITY - UGANDA