MACDEF uses the term “child protection” to refer to preventing and responding to violence, exploitation and abuse against children – including;
MACDEF’s child protection programme targets children who are vulnerable to abuses such as;
This is a comprehensive approach to policies and programmes for children from birth to eight years of age, their parents and caregivers.
It’s to encourage children to play and explore, this helps them learn and develop socially,
emotionally, physically and intellectually.
Play in cognitive development is important and cannot be overlooked. Play is central to children's learning, regardless of the actual content.
The process of play is a powerful, multifaceted learning experience. Children’s play involves exploration, language experimentation, cognition, and the development of social skills. Parents, teachers and caregivers determine the level of development of infants and young children through interaction and play. Their involvement is crucial for early learning and lays the foundation for future learning in school.
The overarching goal of early learning is to ensure disadvantaged children enter school on time and are cognitively, socially and emotionally ready for school.
MACDEF has 8 supported community based Early Childhood and Development centers across Kiryandongo and Masindi districts all licensed and registered with the Ministry of Education and Sports (MoES) they Include; Tecwaa, Kitwara, Yelekeni, Kalwala, Diika, Siriba, Bedmot, and Okwece.
MACDEF has constructed ECD centres in communities which are child friendly aimed at getting children ready
A child-to-child approach, which provides supplemental cost-effective and efficient interventions in communities that have inadequate formal early learning opportunities.
Through this approach, older children are empowered to help younger peers gain linguistic, social and emotional tools for successful learning and to make a smooth transition to school.
The critical issue in programme implementation is quality. To that end, MACDEF is working with in the Ministry of Education and sports policy guidelines to deliver Early Learning education.
MACDEF’s goals in Early Childhood Development program is to help the youngest children
develop their potential, enjoy good physical and mental health, live in supportive communities
and be part of stable households that interact in nonviolent ways.
Thus, prevention of violence and exploitation is a strong focus in our work with children of this age, combining home- and center-based interventions aimed at strengthening caregiver-child relationships as well as families’ economic security.
In doing so, we promote conditions where love flourishes rather than desperation.
We support parents and caregivers to develop the skills and resources they need to be responsive
to both their own needs and the needs of the children in their care.
Parenting education helps build on what parents already know and do and increases their knowledge about child development;
Livelihood support helps families build economic security that frees parents to make decisions consistently in their children’s best interests.
We promote children’s and families’ access to health care and nutrition from before birth,
and educate parents and caregivers about their role in preserving maternal and child health.
Initiatives in safe water and sanitation go hand in hand with our health and nutrition efforts. Through trainings of Trainers of Trainees/VHTs, conduct community dialogue meetings, sensitizations.
MACDEF has supported the health sector by working with partners in ensuring that there is access to primary health care services in Kiryandongo and Masindi district these include;
The WASH program works on long-term prevention and control measures for;
For sanitation, MACDEF works to ensure access and use of basic toilets and ways to separate human
waste from contact with people in schools and communities.
One important area of work for sanitation is to end the practice of “open defecation,” and facilitate community-led Total sanitation initiatives to build, maintain and use basic toilets.
MACDEF’s work in hygiene is aimed at nurturing good hygiene practices, especially hand washing with in schools and communities. Although it sounds simple, this act is essential to prevent disease and the health of children and community members. All three areas in WASH support and strengthen one another. If one is missing, the others cannot progress.
MACDEF has been supporting education sector in Kiryandongo and Masindi districts since 2009.
Three primary school were constructed furnished and handed over to the government. Thse include
The Organisation also supports schools with education supplies, infrastructure development and capacity building for teachers.
However, the quality of education has not kept pace with this development, and the number of students having to repeat a year or dropping out of school early remains high. Only around a third of children enrolled at school get as far as Year Eight within the designated time, and only around half of all primary school students go on to obtain a school-leaving certificate. National and regional learning effectiveness studies carried out in the last 10 years also reveal that the level of learning is extremely low. There are not enough qualified teachers, and basic teacher training requires significant improvement.
We strengthen the capacity of school management and encourage the communities to get involved in participatory school governance through training of the
Livelihood and Youth empowerment is an empowerment strategy based on the three pillars of
The programme targets the out of school youth to ensure they live a self-sustenance life.
Livelihoods and community Empowerment: Focuses on improving livelihood assets
(both at infrastructure and human capability level) in order to strengthen the
self-reliance of communities.
It includes support for environmentally sustainable natural resources management through livelihood diversification and improved social cohesion.