Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, Dr. Samuel Stephen Kazimba Mugalu, has announced the integration of violence prevention education in all church programmes.
These programmes extend from educational institutions to early childhood education centers, youths’ groups, mother’s unions, and father’s unions, among others.
During the launch of the Focus Month of Children at Sanyu Babies Home in Kampala, where he baptized over 20 children, Mugalu expressed concern over the alarming prevalence of violence against children in schools, homes, places of worship, and communities where they should feel safe and protected.
With this year’s Children’s Month, the Church of Uganda aims to increase the participation of church leaders and members in prayer, support, care, and advocacy to end all forms of violence against children in the country.
Dr. Kazimba emphasized the devastating effects of violence, neglect, and child labor on children living in both development and emergency response areas.
He highlighted the exposure of children to physical, psychological, and sexual abuse, including defilement, child marriages, child sacrifice, and various other forms of violence.
The Archbishop called for faith in action, urging Christians and the general public to become ambassadors in the fight against violence against children. END.