Teso Students to Attack Societal Evils through the Media

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Students in the Teso sub-region are turning to the media to sensitize other youth in the area on issues of concern to them. Through their association, the Teso Students Development Association, the teenagers have launched a new publication, iThe Children's Voice.i The newsletter is a monthly publication that will provide a forum for the discussion and exposure of issues affecting the youth. The coordinator of the Teso Students Development Association, George Ojamuge, says a major goal of the newsletter is to end gender-based violence in the education sector. He says a situational analysis conducted in 15 schools and 15 communities in Kumi indicated that gender-based violence is prevalent in secondary schools and is a major cause of the high school drop out rates for girls in the district. Ojamuge says many girls have reported causes of sexual abuse, harassment and assault at school by their male classmates and teachers. He says the newsletter, iThe Children's Voice,i will publish stories of some of the girls in order to expose those perpetrating the violence and abuse. iThe Children's Voicei will be made available in all secondary schools in the Teso sub-region.