Welcome to John Paul II Justice & Peace Centre
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis is calling on political and religious leaders, on the heads of international institutions, on business and media executives and on all men and women of goodwill to become instruments of reconciliation and adopt nonviolence as a style of politics for peace.
The Pope’s appeal comes in the fiftieth papal Message for the World Day of Peace, marked on December 1st. The Message was released in the Vatican on Monday.
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.
Follow up workshops on civic education program for secondary school teachers
In order to ensure the sustainability of the civic education program, the Centre in partnership with the 19 catholic dioceses of Uganda will conduct regional follow up workshops for secondary school teachers on civic education program in every ecclesiastical province of Uganda. The aim of this workshop is to create a forum in which participants will share their knowledge and exchange ideas in promoting civic education and best practices thereof. Forty (40) teachers are expected to attend the workshop in every province and here is the schedule; Northern Ecclesiastical province from the 14th -17th February 2017 at Christus Centre Arua.
Eastern Ecclesiastical province from the 21st -24th February 2017 at Eneku Training Village Soroti and Western Ecclesiastical province from the 28thFebruary -03rd March 2017 at Caritas Kasese. The date and venue for Central Ecclesiastical province will be confirmed and communicated later.
Radio Talk Shows on Civic Education
JPIIJPC is committed to fulfil her mission of promoting awareness and providing creative response to issues of Justice and Peace in Uganda through the different programs implemented by the Centre. In line with this mission, the department will hold radio talk shows on topical issues under the civic education themes during the weeks of the follow up workshops in Arua, Soroti, Kasese and Kampala.
Maternal Health Project
As part of its efforts to advocate and lobby for better policies and improved services for the most marginalized in society in 2017, JPIIJPC has planned a number of interventions to fulfill this mandate. In the first quarter of 2017, the Advocacy department will continue its efforts to advocate for improved maternal health services in the districts of Ngora and Otuke. Proposed activities will include; interface with duty bearers at the district level i.e. CAO, LCV, LCIII, Councilors and Members of parliament. On the other hand, JPIIJPC will also conduct local level interactions with community members on the existing challenges in accessing maternal health services in their communities and what can be done to improve the existing statusquo.
Youth Empowerment Project
The department will also continue to provide continuous mentoring to young people in the ongoing youth projects (piggery projects) being implemented in the dioceses of Soroti, Lira, Gulu and Moroto. These efforts will be characterized by addressing the challenges the youth face in the implementation of their projects and forge a way forward. JPIIJPC will also use this opportunity to conduct a needs assessment on the needs of young people in these areas to inform new project proposal development decision making in future.
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.
Training of Secondary School Teachers
February – July 2016
In order to achieve the strategic objective number one which aims at promoting civic rights and responsibilities among teachers, youth and religious leaders, 160 teachers from 37 secondary schools in 19 dioceses of Uganda were trained between February and July 2016 on civic education. The training covered six major topics namely; Justice, Peace and Environmental Conservation in phase one while Good Governance, Leadership and Human rights and responsibilities in Phase II.
JP2JPC Annual General Meeting 2016
On the 2nd July 2016, JP2JPC held its 2016 Annual General Meeting. It was attended by 22 participants including BOG members, representatives of JP2 Staff, partners and beneficiaries. On the agenda were: remarks from the JP2 director and chairperson of the BOG, and presentation of the Centre’s Activities of 2015. In his remarks, the director highlighted the following in the new strategic plan: animation of justice and peace activities at the Centre, the Catholic Social Teaching, Resource Centre (library) and collaboration with others.
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.