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Monitoring of Civic Education Program
The department will continue to assess the project outcomes against the set targets and objectives of the civic education program through conducting of monitoring field visits to schools in the remaining dioceses until December. This will take place from September until December 2017.
Community Debates and Lobby Meetings
In order to strengthen the advocacy network that was already established to advocate for the inclusion of the civic education program, on the curriculum, the department will organise to lobby meetings and community debates in Soroti and Jinja scheduled for October 2017.
In collaboration with the Civil Peace Service programme Uganda, two trainings on mediation competence will be conducted for 20 secondary school teachers in Kasese catholic diocese from the 19th -21st October and in Hoima from the 31st October to 3rd November 2017 aimed at equipping teachers with additional knowledge and skills on mediation in order to promote peaceful resolution of conflicts in schools and communities.
In collaboration with the National Executive Education Office, the department will organise annual workshop for all the Diocesan Education Secretaries (DES) and other stakeholders to discuss the progress the of the civic education program and future plans after end of project phase in 2018. This is scheduled to take place in November 15th 2017.
Youth Exchange Visit
As a way of sharing of experiences, knowledge and skills among students, there will be youth exchange visits organized to take place in December 27th 2017. During this exchange program, students will perform drama on conflict resolution poems meant to sensitise community about peaceful resolution of a conflict.
Monitoring of Civic Education Activities in Schools
June – August 2017
Training department in collaboration with the Diocesan Education Secretaries (DES) conducted five field trips of monitoring of activities in schools to assess the project outcomes against the set targets and objectives. This took place in the dioceses of Kasana-Luweero, Nebbi, Lira, Kabale and Kotido in the months of June, July and August 2017 in which 33 schools were monitored. The monitoring findings indicate that due to several outreach programs that are being conducted by schools, there is great improvement in the relationship between schools and the neighbouring community.
Forty (40) secondary school teachers were equipped with additional knowledge and skills on mediation competence during two trainings that took place in Masaka (16th -17th May 2017) and Fort portal (23rd -24th May 2017) facilitated by AGEH-Civil Peace Service (CPS) advisor on peace building in collaboration with the Training department. The training that was the first of its kind covered key areas namely; definition of mediation, role of a mediator, the five steps of mediation,
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.