During the radio talked prgrammes, the project identified that girls with disabilities still faces a lot of challenge in their communities not only in Lira but across all northern Uganda. The community do not recognized children with disabilities education and health as something very importance to them, they are given less attention and support towards children with disabilities especially in secondary schools.
According to community leaders as well as political leaders who participated and made phone calls during the project advocacy radio talk shows programs, they have raised concern about girls with disabilities in secondary schools; parents are less willing to support this girls in school, not taking them to school, not providing necessity like sanitary pads, books, pens, uniform and pay for their school fees which at end point make this girls to be more vulnerable and abuses of their rights.
To make it worst many are left at home and regarded as drop girls whom no one consider taking to schools. Therefore, there is need to engage parents and cultural leadership in advocating for girls child especially girls with disabilities in Uganda. About 40 – 50 people are contributing their voices through phone calls on monthly radio talk by civil leaders, political and individuals concern in support towards girls with disabilities.
During the school advocacy meeting in school and the baseline survey, indicate that 80% of girls with physical disabilities are not send to secondary schools, few than as 25% were either both eyes blinds or partially ear. The survey estimated the 60% of girls with disabilities in secondary schools, needs medical attention especially those with partially ear deaf, eye problems and slowing learners. 25% of those girls who needs medication but their parents couldn’t afford or unwilling to take them to health facilities.
6 school based girls with abilities rights and behaviour change peer educators clubs were supported through training workshops and support for peer activities. School clubs are normally 15 to 25 members strong and closely work with school patrons who are teachers in the very schools. Most club patrons have been trained by FICRD in reproductive health and child rights and are trainers in most cases. These have supported the clubs in their school based activities which include club meetings, sensitization of fellow students on child rights and reproductive health
FICRD is providing free legal aid and education through its partnership with CLAP-Uganda an NGO established law firm of senior lawyers to vulnerable and marginalized victims of society particularly to women and children.