Uganda Project Results, 2008-2009


  • The project successfully established 50 functional Village Child Labour Committees (VCLCs) – one committee per village – to identify and withdraw children and place them in primary education or in vocational training. VCLC activities were accepted by local governance structures and have positively impacted on the formulation of byelaws.
  • 3,780 children – 2,058 boys and 1,722 girls – were withdrawn from child labour between 2004 and 2009.

This transitional project continued to build on the earlier education successes.

  • Enrolment levels remained stable throughout the 12 months of this transitional project;
  • The planning department of Masindi District agreed to develop a strategic plan for KVTI
  • 47 students sat the final exams from the fourth intake of the KVTI of which 29 passed; a further 32 were due to take exams in February 2009.
  • The project successfully constructed the institute to provide vocational skills to children withdrawn from child labour in tobacco growing who were too old to return to primary education. The institute also served other children supported by other NGOs such as orphans and vulnerable children. The KVTI was also supported with resources from the Masindi District Local Government.
awareness Awareness
  • The final external evaluation survey found that the number of farmers with knowledge of the law prohibiting child labour had dramatically increased from 36% in 2006 to almost 80% in 2009.
    Three talk shows were aired, which featured the Senior Community Development Officer for Masindi, the Executive Director of BUCODO and representatives from the child labour committees.
    756 spot messages were broadcast in four languages. As with the talk shows, the key issues covered were the role of Village Child Labour Committees (VCLCs) in the fight against child labour, the importance of building effective partnerships, and the need for parents and stakeholders to send their children to school or KVTI instead of into tobacco growing.
  • 5 VCLCs were set up during this phase of the project; one training session was held and two exchange visits took place between different VCLCs.
  • 10 meetings were held to revitalise VCLCs, from which the following proposed points of action were drawn up to form the basis for an action plan.
  • More awareness creation among the communities by VCLCs with the help of the working manual and through mass media.
  • Speedy formulation of district ordinance on child labour and by-laws at sub-county and village levels that should be enforced without fear or favour;
  • Stern warnings and tough actions should be taken against Local Council officials who fail to enforce by-laws;
  • The issue of poverty and HIV/AIDS were addressed using a multi-dimensional approach through community participation in government poverty eradication programmes and enforcement of food security bye-laws;
  • The production of the working manual for VCLCs was undertaken speedily to empower them with knowledge and skills required to eliminate child labour;
  • 400 working manuals for VCLCs were produced; 100 in each of the four local languages. This manual was a simplified version of the training manual with additional information on HIV/AIDS, vocational training and orphans and vulnerable children.
capacityStrengthening Communities
  • Construction of the outstanding buildings was completed: the semi-detached teachers’ house, the library, the kitchen and dining room and the VIP latrine.
  • The projects were community driven and addressed child labour directly at the roots by identifying affected children and offering them solid, long-term alternatives.

povertyAlleviating Poverty
Masindi District Local Government donated land for the KVTI and after January 2007 incorporated KVTI staff into its payroll.