The Promotion of Children’s Rights by ASB in Oyam District Uganda

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College of Humanities and Social Sciences
This study was an investigation in the work one single European Based Organization the Worker’s Samaritan Federation or in German Arbeiter Samariter Bund (ASB) in the field of Child Protection in Oyam district Northern Uganda. The study aimed at exploring the services provided by the organization its role in facilitating Children’s Rights and the effects of its work. Also the investigation takes into account the challenges for the organization faces in an effort to promote the rights of children in Dyam district, Northern Uganda. The study employed a cross sectional survey design and used both qualitative and quantitative techniques in data collection. It has a sample of 28 respondents, were selected to respond to the questionnaires and interviews. Observation and documentation methods were also used to collect the data. The response rate was 9O.3%. The quantitative data was analyzed using descriptive statistics. Qualitative data was summarized into themes. The findings indicated that majority of the respondents seemed to be aware of the rights of the children and the need to have those rights respected. Many hailed the work of NGOs on this but said that still more was needed in form of sensitization of the masses. It also emerged that schools are in some cases some of the culprits in as far as violation of the rights of children is concerned, a factor which was attributed to lack of awareness and weak regulations. In some cases, it was reported that the police which should champion the cause for the rights of children, instead prey on some of the rape victims, when they report to them. Basing on the findings, the conclusion drawn was that majority of the people seem to be aware of the rights of children but because of the weak legal infrastructure, they take advantage and violate them. As recommendations, there is need to strengthen the laws regarding the rights of the children; sensitize the people, especially parents and teachers, and train and educate the children, so that they not only have an awareness of their rights, but that they can also demand for and report the culprits to relevant authorities.
A thesis presented 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 Human Rights and Development of Kampala International University
Children’s Rights, Oyam District