Teachers enlightened on gender violence

THE Plan International Organisation in Geita region has initiated a special programme to build capacity among school teachers on how to rescue school children who face risks of gender-based violence.

The programme is part of the Keeping Adolescent Girls in School (KAGIS) project implemented in partnership with the Rafiki Social Development Organisation (RAFIKI SDO) funded by Global Affairs Canada.

The Geita region KAGIS Project Manager Eliud Mtalemwa briefed over the programme at the weekend during the workshop which involved primary school teachers from Kasamwa Ward as part of the 16 days of campaigns against gender violence.

He said the major objective was to strengthen teachers’ ability to identify, listen, question and provide psychological support to school children who either reported being subjected to or affected by acts of violence.

“We believe that if the teachers have the ability to create a friendly environment for the school children, then our children will be open to them, then we can save many children who suffered the effects of violence,” he assured.

A teacher of Nyabulebe Primary School, Mr Elia Martin, admitted that the training, offered through the KAGIS project, will make teachers capable of addressing gender violence against school children.

The Kasamwa Ward Community Development Officer, Ms Suzana Mnijaba, said the anti-violence programme for teachers will encourage community participation and become ambassadors of the campaign against acts of violence.

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