17 August 2013

Uganda: School Competition Targets Child Violence

Kampala — The Ministry of Education along with Stop Malaria Project Uganda and UNICEF have started a communication campaign through music, dance and drama to highlight the dangers of malaria and halt violence against children.

This year's MDD festivals which were launched in April 2013 have been organized under the theme 'Effective learning for malaria-free children in zero violence schools.'

Catherine Mukwakwa, the chief of party of the Stop Malaria Project said: "We are using children as behavioral change agents to address the challenge of malaria and violence against children in Uganda. We believe what they have learnt can be used to influence the various communities in which they live," said Mukwakwa.

The competing pupils from the various schools strived to share the dangers of malaria and violence through active poetry and comedy. Some of the themes include the need to sleep under an insecticide treated mosquito nets and the adverse effects of violence against children citing defilement and corporal punishment as some of the forms of violence.

Starting with the central region, traditional dances and folk songs from the region were presented including the Nankasa which is the most commonly used authentic instrument in the region.

Over 1500 primary schools across th4e country will be participating in this years music, dance and dramam competitions. The competitions started in April. the finals will take place at the Kampala National Theatre between August 26 and 31.

About 18 regions shall be represented with over 40 choirs are expected to take part in the finals.

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