Kansiime Rehemah confidently moved to submit that violence against children has no place in a good school environment which is an aspiration for every child. Rehema a Primary Four pupil at Ibuga Primary School was at a schools debate competition that was organized by RIDE AFRICA at Mubuku CCT and intended to empower children with skills on prevention of violence against children in schools of the project area (Kitswamba, Kyanya, Ibuga and Nkaiga primary schools).
This debate that was organized on the theme ‘violence against children affects the performance of pupils in school’ saw the participation of over 60 children and teachers. It enabled children to conceptualize violence against children within their schools and communities and how it affects their academic performance through debates and drawing. It also led to the mobilization of VAC clubs members to be able to respond to cases of violence against children in their schools and communities.
The main adjudicator, Ms. Medrace Balira, a College Tutor steadily and impartially guided the debates. Overall, Ibuga Primary School emerged winner followed by Nkaiga, Kyanya and Kitswamba. The winners walked away with a trophy and all the competing schools were given different prizes ranging from books, pens, rulers, mathematical sets among others. The Area Inspector of Schools Ms. Masika Harriet later handed over the presents to the winners.