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|Title: ||Assessment of central and local governments’ child care and protection programs in Uganda: a case study of street children in Kampala District|
|Authors: ||Lugya-Lutalo, Beatrice Kyolaba|
|Keywords: ||Street children|
Child care and protection
|Issue Date: ||10-Aug-2009 |
|Abstract: ||Whereas there are a number of central and local government programs purposely for the care and protection of street children in Uganda, street children are seen in all districts regardless of their proximity to the center. For example, in Kampala it’s rather difficult to move along any street without coming in contact with these vulnerable and neglected children.
The purpose of this study was to assess the central and local government programs on child care and protection of street children, as well as the challenges they face in the implementations of such programs.
The information was mainly solicited by the use of interview guides. The study targeted a sample of 120 respondents. The respondents were composed of street children, local council officials, officials from non-government organizations and government officials dealing with the care and protection of street children. The respondents were picked using random sampling snow balling, multistage and purpose full sampling respectively, Descriptive design with qualitative and quantitative aspects was used and data gathered using semi-structured interviews with mainly open ended questions, key informants guides and observation check list guide. Observation techniques were also used to assess the impact of childcare and protection programs on the ground.
Data analysis was done and graphs, tables and percentages were generated. Among others, the study has revealed that:
The central and local government programs for the care and protection of street children in Kampala district were mainly for resettlements and rehabilitation. It was revealed that the Local government (KCC) through the use of police was actively involved in rounding up street children and taking them to rehabilitation centers. It is in the centers and NGOs that programs such as Early Adolescent Reproductive Life, Youth Entrepreneurship Support and Basic Education, Childcare and Adolescent Development are implemented. These programs do not exist on the streets.
The study revealed that the stakeholders are faced with many challenges in the planning, implementation as well as monitoring and evaluation of such programs. Among others, those concerned with the care and protection of street children generally have no sufficient funds to operate yet even the intended beneficiaries of the programs are less willing to cooperate with the authority.
The study has recommended, among others that further research be made so as to come up with a more practical and effective approach to solving the identified problems while more technical, material and financial assistance is still largely needed if the central and local government is to effectively implement the child care and protection programs.|
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