Village Child Labour Committees Build Collaboration to Build a School

Uganda_Success_Story_Gray_BoxIn Uganda, a central plank of success has been the establishment of Village Child Labour Committees (VCLCs). Following training on the dangers of child labour, the committees began to address the educational problems faced by children and families of Kiyogoma I and Kiyogoma II villages. These two villages were situated in a particularly intensive tobacco-growing area.

The nearest school was Katulikire Primary School, more than five kilometres away. The distance from the villages to school caused many children to be absent and consequently drawn into child labour.

Omirambe Morris and Okech Peter, both members of the VCLC, called a meeting of the two villages to find a way to provide accessible education opportunities for their children. It was suggested that a new school be built, and the communities welcomed this idea.