RAISING VOICES LAUNCHES MEDIA CAMPAIGN ON PREVENT VIOLENCE AGAINST CHILDREN.
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Raising Voices has launched a six months campaign to increase awareness as cases of violence against children shoot up. The media campaign that will run on five national Television Stations and 11 radio stations will educated masses on the different forms of violence and how to prevent them. This comes days after a report by the United Nations Population fund indicated that 6,888 children had been defiled in just six months. Majority of cases were registered during the COVID lockdown period. Addressing the media and government officials at the launch meeting, Raising Voices Country director, Ms. Delphine Mugisha said with the children home, there is need to increase awareness on the different forms of violence for their safety. “Many more children continue to be exposed to violence while they stay at home, and we need to work together to prevent VAC now, perhaps more than ever before” She said. She however says the phased opening of schools is also not a guarantee that children will be any safer given the standards operating procedures set and the fact that teachers may use violence to have the children adhere to the procedures. “With some learners going back to school next month, there is increased fear that VAC in schools will increase as students return without adequate supplies, with misplaced textbooks, and as extensive standard operating procedures are enforced… we call upon teachers to use positive discipline in making sure the children comply with the guidelines” Delphine Mugisha emphasized. Launching the campaign, the commissioner basic education at the ministry of Education, Dr Cleophas Mugyenyi applauded Raising Voices for coming up with such a campaign saying it is timely with the skyrocketing cases of violence against children. “Thank you Raising Voices for this campaign. It is timely and we appeal to teachers now that the schools are also opening to ensure they don’t use violence on children because majority have been through a lot at home”. Mr Mugyenyi said. The Campaign launched by Raising Voices is running under the theme “ A better School= a better life”.