The Church of Uganda has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with World Vision Uganda to implement initiatives that can address key human rights challenges mostly facing Ugandan children.
The MoU, that was signed by the Church and the humanitarian agency, will see the Bishops from various Diocesan and the Ministers spread a Gospel of Children rights protection, especially during their Sunday summons.
While delivering a keynote address during the event that took place at the Namirembe Guest House, the Outgoing Church of Uganda Archbishop, the Most Right Reverend Stanley Ntagali said that although Uganda is a signatory to the International Convention on Children Rights, the country is still experiencing high rates of child abuses ranging from sex abuses, emotional, commercial and physical related abuses.
He said if the situation is not normalized, it will affect Ugandan Children from being more economically productive in the future.
“We need to fight for the rights of our children as the church. The more Children Rights are violated, the more we shall have a generation that’s is not economically productive.
“Children are gifts from God, therefore, we need to support them to grow in a conducive environment free from rights abuses,” said Ntagali during an event that was attended by Church of Uganda Bishops and officials from World Vision Uganda led by the National Director Jason Evans.
In his speech, the National Director noted that working with the Church of Uganda will enable the organization to achieve its goals.
“As World Vision, we focus more on children issues with the official coming on Board of the Church of Uganda, it will improve on the information flow related to upholding of Children’s rights in Uganda,” said Evans.
Reverend Richard Rukundo, the Provincial Coordinator for the Children Ministry in Church of Uganda, said the Church is committed to ensuring that Children’s Rights are integrated into all the Church Ministries since Church of Uganda has the structures that can make it possible.
BY SAMUEL NABWIISO