Welcome to John Paul II Justice & Peace Centre
The Study on Justice and Peace in the Catholic Church in Uganda: Challenges and Opportunities
JPIIJPC is carrying out this study in two dioceses in each of the four catholic Archdioceses, namely: Gulu, Kampala, Mbarara and Tororo. The research is about the challenges and opportunities in the promotion of justice and peace in Uganda by the Catholic Church. Through this study, JPIIJPC aims at creating awareness about and influencing the church leaders and the faithful on the challenges and opportunities in the promotion of justice and peace to address the social injustices affecting the country. The study commences on 11th April and ends 30th July 2016.
Training of Secondary School Teachers (Phase Two)
JPIIJPC will be conducting phase two of civic education training for secondary school teachers, aiming at increasing civic responsibilities among student youths and enhancing teacher’s commitment towards civic education in secondary schools. The training will cover three main topics of Human Rights and Responsibilities, Good Governance and Leadership. It will take place in the four ecclesiastical provinces of Uganda, starting from Northern Ecclesiastical Province at Christus Centre Arua (29th May –2nd June 2016), Central Ecclesiastical Province at Foye De Charite (6th–10th June 2016), Eastern Ecclesiastical Province at Eneku Training Village Soroti (20th–24th June 2016) and Western Ecclesiastical Province at Caritas Kasese (27th June –1st July 2016). Teachers (160) who participated in phase one will be confirmed trainers of trainers in phase two.
Advocacy for Improved Maternal Health Services
To speak up for the poor, the vulnerable and the disadvantaged is an important part of the work that JPIIJPC is doing; but also to equip and build the capacity of men and women with knowledge and skills to advocate for themselves. It’s out of this basis of faith that JPIIJPC will conduct capacity building training for community monitors on different themes relevant to their work of advocacy for improved maternal health services in the first quarter of 2016. The training will include the following topics: Advocacy and Lobbying, Budget monitoring and Gender. This will be complimented with radio talk shows, community debates, and lobby meetings linking the issues identified for action by the duty bearers at the local and national level.
John Paul II Justice and Peace Centre, together with its partners and collaborators, mainly: the Association of the Religious in Uganda (ARU), the Uganda Episcopal Conference-Justice and Peace Department, the Uganda Joint Christian Council (UJCC) and Kampala Caritas-Justice and Peace Department, recently organized a workshop on the Catholic Social Teaching (CST). The facilitator of this workshop was Fr. Elias Omondi Opongo (SJ), the director of Hekima Institute of Peace Studies and International Relations (HIPSIR), in Nairo, Kenya.
Training of Religious at Namugongo (USFC)
Training Department facilitated five days’ training at the Uganda Spiritual Formation Centre Namugongo from 25th to 29th April 2016. Participants were from 9 African countries namely; Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Nigeria, Zambia, Kenya, South Sudan, Tanzania, Cameroon and Zimbabwe. The training focused on Social Justice in the Catholic Church, Peace Leadership and Environmental Peace in the context of the Catholic Social Teaching (CST).
Training of Teachers (ToT) Phase One
February – March 2016
JPIIJPC conducted phase one of training of secondary school teachers in Civic Education covering the entire four ecclesiastical provinces of Uganda between February and March 2016. Eastern province at Eneku Training Village Soroti from (21st – 24th February), Western province at Caritas Kasese (28th February to 3rd March), Northern province at Christus Centre Arua from (13th -17th March) and Central province at Foyer De Charite Kampala from (20th – 24th March 2016).
Follow up monitoring visit (Youth Empowerment Project)
After successful empowerment of youths in the dioceses of Soroti, Lira, Gulu and Moroto, business ideas that started as a way to motivate them to be productive to their communities has resulted into tangible income generating projects. Piggery project was carefully selected by the three youth groups that include St. Joseph youth group, Jesus Followers and Bala youth group in Gulu, Soroti and Lira respectively. While conducting a follow up monitoring visit in Soroti, Toroma parish the group entitled Jesus Followers group engaging in piggery business has been able to manage their piggery project in a closed pig sty.
On the 11th December 2015, John Paul II Justice and Peace Centre held a conference that gathered up to 80 participants, among which included; Religious Leaders, Political Leaders, Teachers, Representatives from the vulnerable groups of people, The Youth and Catechists. The Conference aimed at discussing some realistic measures to implement the Pope’s messages adequately by the Ugandan faithful, following his visit to Uganda from 27th – 29th November 2015.
JPIIJPC Strategic Plan 2015-2018
JP2JPC Feast Day
Cardinal Emmanuel Wamala – Address
Saturday 24th October 2015, was a historical day for JP2JPC. For the first time, we celebrated the feast day of our Patron Saint, Pope John Paul II. The theme of the day was: Pope John Paul II: Passion for Social Justice.
Launch of the Study “Maternal Mortality, a Human Right Challenge”
There should be no more excuses for maternal death. The government must act urgently on its health and human rights to reduce maternal mortality. The voices and views of women, particularly the poor must be at the centre of local and national planning action to reduce maternal death and injury. They fully understand how to remove the barriers to maternal health care during pregnancy and childbirth and know how to deal with the issues of poverty, marginalization, and disempowerment. There can be no bystander when rural and urban poor women die in great numbers. What needs to be done is known. The inequality, discrimination and abuse that underlie these deaths can be addressed. Where women’s lives are valued, their dignity respected and their human rights ensured, the promise of safe pregnancy and childbirth can be fulfilled.
33rd International Peace Day
Press statement for International Peace Day 2015 issued on 17th September 2015 by John Paul II Justice and Peace Centre (JPIIJPC) together with Justice and Peace Department of Kampala Archdiocese, Association of the Religious in Uganda (ARU), Uganda Episcopal Conference (UEC) and Uganda Joint Christian Council (UJCC)
30 line commanders from Kampala South who were part of the previously trained group of police officers were trained on another concept commonly known as Verbal Judo (tactical communication) by a trainer from Minimum Force Institute from South Africa from 6th to 8th July 2015. This was followed by training for 55 junior police officers from 9th to 11th July, from Kisugu and Kabalagala police stations on the same concept. During the trainings,