Child welfare organisations and promotion of disadvantaged children’s education in Uganda :

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Kampala International University, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Every child is entitled to education. Its for this reason that there are a number & Child Welfare Organisations operating in Uganda whose vision is to promote education for the disadvantaged children. Therefore, this study focused on Child Welfare Organisations and promotion & disadvantaged children’s education in Rukungiri District, using Compassion International-Aided Projects as a case study. Specifically, the study aimed at establishing the various categories of disadvantaged children helped by Compassion International-Aided Projects; Identifying the various ways through which Compassion International- Aided Projects promote education for the disadvantaged chiidren; assessing the challenges encountered by Compassion International-Aided Projects in promoting education for the disadvantaged children; and assessing the measures put in place by Compassion International- Aided Projects to resolve chailenges they face in promoting education for the disadvantaged children. A case study design was used, with a sample of 84 respondents of which 24 were Project staff and 60 parents who were selected using purposive and snow-bail sampling designs, respective The methods used to collect data were Formal Interview and questionnaire methods. In relation to objectives, the study revealed as follows: first, the different categories of disadvantaged children helped by Compassion International-Aided Projects in Rukungirl District are; orphans, the needy and victims of HIV/AIDS. Second, these children are provided with scholastic materials, project uniforms, school fees, medical care and household materials. Third, Compassion International-Aided Projects in Rukungiri District face a number of challenges, among which are; high rates of school drop outs, unsupportive caretakers, inadequate funds, poor academic performance and bad behaviours from children. Lastly, Compassion International-Aided Projects has put in place some measures to overcome the foregoing challenges which include; guiding and counseling children, seeking more donations, proper screening of children, continuous follow ups and monitoring, and training peer educators. For Compassion International-Aided Projects to strengthen their ability to overcome challenges they face in promoting disadvantaged children’s education, the researcher recommends that; the government should provide special programs that will help meet the livelihood needs of disadvantaged children; parents and caretakers should be empowered with skills to support their children; Non Governmental Organizations should be encouraged to partner up with Child Welfare Organizations in helping the disadvantaged children, children should be sensitized about their rights and local leaders should take the responsibility to identify disadvantaged children in their respective areas; and punish whoever is involved in mistreatment of these children.
A thesis submitted to the school of postgraduate studies and research in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the award of the Degree of Master of Arts in Project Planning and Management of Kampala International University
Child welfare, organisations, disadvantaged, compassion international