Empowering women and children through education and raising awareness

In this project you would become acquainted with and support the wide range of activities a community development initiative engages in to support children and other community members. You should be interested in education, community work and awareness raising and in supporting vulnerable groups such as children, women, and young mothers. The organisation is looking for participants with knowledge of or experience in two or three of the following: education, women’s empowerment, community social services, hygiene, sanitation and health, administration, financial services, community law, art and culture, crafts, IT, and web design.

The Rwenzori Child Care Initiative is based in Ruboni, close to the western Ugandan town of Kasese. The initiative’s various activities are geared towards improving the living conditions of local children, as well as of the most vulnerable members of the community. To this end, the Rwenzori Child Care Initiative engages in the following: paying school fees for needy children; undertaking sports activities with youth; and conducting seminars on the importance of supporting and educating children and responsible parenting. In addition to these activities focused on children’s wellbeing, the initiative also supports the wider community: supporting local adults in starting their own income-generating projects, such as craft making; assisting the formation of local savings and credit associations; and teaching classes in adult literacy. Beyond this, the initiative runs a crafts shop, hosts a tourism centre and performs awareness-raising on the importance of environmental conservation, community hygiene, and nutrition. These diverse activities are facilitated by three employees and three volunteers. The initiative also collaborates with the US-based Emporia State University, which occasionally sends volunteers.

As GLEN participants your central task would be to design teaching material and tools which the initiative can use for several of their education and awareness-raising activities. Depending on your background, you might conceptualise instructional materials for teaching children, women, and young mothers craftwork skills. The initiative wants to empower young mothers and women by training them in ecotourism activities and gardening – you as GLEN participants would be asked to develop tools for teaching these skills. You would also design tools to educate women and young mothers on the topics of gender mainstreaming, advocacy and community law, savings and credits, as well as materials to be used in adult literacy classes. Your support would also be needed for developing concepts for raising awareness about human rights and the freedom and responsibilities of women, mothers, and children.

The scheduled time for the internship is three months between July and September 2018.

Training and seminars prior to the internship will be held in English.

The GLEN team will be comprised of one Slovene participant and one German participant.

Program component: GLEN

Language(s): English

Topic / area(s) of interest: Education; Youth and Childcare; Rural Development; Sustainable Economies and Development

Vocational field(s)/field(s) of study: Social Matters; Teaching and Education; Law and Administration; Arts, Culture and Design; Trade and Commerce; Financial and Insurance Services; Computer Sciences, Information and Communication Technology; Medicine and Health Care; Communications and Media

Field(s) of study: Education and Pedagogy; Arts, Music and Design; Economic and Business Sciences; Law; Medicine and Health Studies; Communication and Media Studies

Vocational field(s)/field(s) of study: Social Work; Social Education; Educational Science; Community Work

Period of the internship: 3 months between July and September

Country: Uganda

Number of Participants: 2

Proposed by: Rwenzori Child Care Initiative

Classification of the internship in the development fields: Education (2), Youth and Childcare (8), Rural Development (12), Sustainable Economy and Development (16)

Number of the internship: 1116


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