Welcome to John Paul II Justice & Peace Centre
John Paul II Justice and Peace Centre with financial support from the Irish embassy will “officially launch the dissemination of the strategy for community policing for the Uganda Police” on the 13th of June 2017 at JPIIJPC premises Nsambya starting at 8:00am. The launch of the strategy comes into force to enhance the roles and responsibilities of the police institution in keeping law and order and combat increasing crime incidences across the country.
The event will be graced by several dignitaries including the Irish ambassador to Uganda Donal Cronin, the Political Commissar for the police AIGP Assan Kasingye, representatives from the Board of Governors JPIIJPC, the police officers from Kampala Metropolitan and others who are strategic partners of the Centre in advocating for respect of human rights and promotion of peace and stability.
Monitoring of Schools
In order to track the progress of the civic education program implementation against the set targets and objectives, the department will be conducting monitoring field visits of all the participating schools in the 19 catholic dioceses of Uganda. This is activity that will be conducted during schools term (June – August & Sept-Nov), starting with Kasana-Luweero diocese, Kabale, Jinja, and Lira.
Community Debates and Lobby Meetings
As way of strengthening the established network aimed at advocating for the inclusion of the civic education themes on the secondary school curriculum, community debates and lobby meetings will be organised and conducted in Masaka and Fort portal. These activities will be discussing the next step of how to channel forward the joint voices of the network at national level and then later to the ministry of education and sports for consideration. This debate will also discuss important issues that are of concerns to the society that pertain matters of civic engagement in the public arena.
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 the Catholic Church I Uganda. 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. Data collection has been carried out, Data entry is complete and analysis is at the advance stage. Report writing will commence in February and the report will be ready in March 2017.
Youth Empowerment Project
Over the last three years 2014- 2017, JPIIJPC has been implementing a project entitled: “Strengthening youth capacity for sustainable social economic development with great attention to the Environment”. The geographical location of the project has been in the North and North Eastern Uganda dioceses of Soroti, Gulu, Lira and Moroto. The need for this project had its background from the desire to empower youth to preserve the environment in their areas by establishing environmentally friendly small businesses to support themselves and their community.
Follow-Up Workshops for Trained Secondary School Teachers
February – March 2017
In the first quarter of 2017, the training department has conducted four (04) follow up workshops of trained teachers on civic education as follows; Arua (14th -17th Feb) for the Northern ecclesiastical province, Soroti (21st -24thFeb) for the Eastern Ecclesiastical province, Kasese (28th Feb-3rd March) for the Western Ecclesiastical province, and Kampala (28th -31st March2017) for the Central ecclesiastical province respectively.
Radio Talk Shows
February – March 2017
The long term objective for this program is to have civic education included on the secondary schools curriculum. In so doing, the Centre through the department incorporates a number of activities for this strategy particularly the radio talk shows. We believe therefore that it is important first to increase publicity on the essence of civic education and to build capacities of communities to demand for its inclusion on Uganda’s curriculum. Three (03) radio talk shows were conducted in Arua on 15th Feb, Soroti on 22nd Feb and Kasese, on 1st March 2017 respectively.
Training of the Religious in Namugongo
From 20th -24th March 2017, thirty seven (37) religious men and women from 7 countries were trained on the Catholic Social Teaching (CST) of the church at the Uganda Spiritual Formation Centre (USFC) by the staff. This was designed to empower the religious with the basic principles of the CST so that they too can be instruments of promoting the common good in their different apostolic ministries. The training that integrated several other topics was seen to be a powerful tool for promoting the common good of the society.
Annual Diocesan Education Secretaries workshop
John Paul II Justice and Peace Centre Training Department in collaboration with the Uganda Episcopal Conference (UEC) Education Department held the fifth Diocesan Education Secretaries residential workshop on the implementation of the Civic Education program from the 9th -11th November 2016 at Foyer De Charite Namugongo Kampala attended by thirty six (36) participants from the 19 Catholic dioceses of Uganda. Majority of the participants were the Education Secretaries and some few Religious Advisors who work hand in hand with the Education department.
Community Drama on Conflict Resolution
Training Department participated in a community drama on conflict resolution at Buryansungwe Secondary School Fort Portal diocese on 30th October 2016 and at St. Paul’s Secondary School Kagoni Mbarara Archdiocese on 1st November 2016. The events that drew students and community members together were aimed at creating awareness about a peaceful resolution of conflict. In Buryansungwe Secondary school the activity started with the singing of the National Anthem, the East African Anthem, prayer, a welcome traditional dance, and a speech from the Head teacher followed by the skit on conflict Resolution.
Youth Exchange Visit
In order to increase the understanding of civic responsibilities among youth out of school through formal and informal education system, the department organised and conducted youth exchange visit on 27th September 2016 in Soroti Catholic diocese in which two schools; Kongonga High School and St. Theresa S.S Okunguro in Bukedea District were involved. Several community members from around the school were also present to witness the activities. This event was also meant to share knowledge and skills gained from the civic education program among students and teachers and best practices learnt from the implementation of different activities under the program.
Training of Teachers in Ocer Campion Jesuit College Gulu
In line with the Civic Education program, John Paul II Justice and Peace Centre Training Department was invited for the second time to facilitate two days training (20th-21st September 2016) at Ocer Campion Jesuit College in Gulu Archdiocese with thirty nine (39) participants. The main objective of the training was to build the capacity of teachers so as to promote the civic education values in the College. Two main topics were covered namely; Human Rights and Environmental Conservation.
Community Debate and Lobby Meetings
The strategic objective two is to advocate for the inclusion of Civic Education in secondary school curriculum in Uganda. In order to achieve this objective, the department organised and conducted Community Debates and lobby meetings to generate strategies through which JPIIJPC could advocate for this objective to the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Sports.
In a bid to influence duty bearers at the local government level to take action on the status of maternal health services, JPIIJPC together with its partners conducted a number of activities in Ngora and Nakapiripirit (10th-14th July 2016) and in Otuke and Amuru (25th-29th July 2016).
The activities conducted included: Lobby meetings, Community debates and Radio talk shows on Radio Pacis 101.4 fm in Gulu and Aisa 92.3 fm in Ngora respectively.