CFYDDI Hosts the Annual Parent-Teacher Meeting

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Here at CFYDDI, we believe that an essential component to a child’s educational growth is support from the parents.  To that end, the teachers at CFYDDI’s Early Childhood Learning Centre hosted their annual Parent-Teacher meeting on Friday, July 13th, 2018 after the conclusion of the first annual Sports Gala Day.

Madam Iren, Madam Grace, Madam Glibwa and Madam Oliva met with over 50 parents in the CFYDDI Conference Centre in order to keep parents informed about their child’s development at the school.  The main purposes of the meeting include the following:

  • To provide updates on the student’s individual academic progress
  • To identify areas of improvement for each student academically and socially
  • To encourage parents to take an active role in their child’s education
  • To foster a closer relationship between the teachers and the students
  • To update parents on specific school programs
  • To promote appreciation of education and literacy for child development
  • To update parents on information pertaining to the Ministry of Education
  • To inform parents on specific approaches to education taken with particular students
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Prossy leads discussion with attendants in the CFYDDI Community Conference Centre

The teachers and staff at CFYDDI want to thank all parents who came out to attend the Parent-Teacher Meeting.  By supporting and encouraging the growth and learning of our young students we will help ensure they partake in and contribute to Uganda’s bright future!

CFYDDI Launches the #WhatWomenWant Campaign in Ndazabazzadde

Approximately 300,000 women and girls around the world die each year during pregnancy and childbirth, while countless others are left with disabilities and morbidities as a result of obstetric complications. The World Health Organization recently reported that Uganda has a maternal mortality rate of 343 per 100,000 births, making it one of the highest risk countries in the world when it comes to maternal health.

As maternal and reproductive health are issues central to our cause, the Centre For Youth Driven Development has launched and is joining the global #WhatWomanWant campaign to reach out to over 1000 women and girls in the community, beginning at our headquarters here in Ndazabazzadde, Wakiso District.  #WhatWomenWant is a global advocacy campaign that aims to improve the quality of maternal and reproductive healthcare for women and girls by amplifying their voices, listening to their concerns and supporting their ideas on how to improve the problems and barriers they face towards strengthening health systems.

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Director Enoch Magala and medical electives student Sarah Peters announce the launch of CFYDDI’s #WhatWomenWant campaign to parents in Ndazabazzadde

In 2018, the campaign is connecting with women and girls in countries and communities around the world to learn, first hand, what women want changed in all aspects of their health care and treatment relating to maternity and reproduction.  In 2019, the campaign will work towards putting these objectives into action through coordinated advocacy campaigns seeking to drive policy changes and engage with healthcare providers.

Maternal and reproductive health is of particular significance in Uganda, which had the sixth highest fertility rate in the world in 2017 with approximately 5.71 children born per woman.  The country suffers from a high maternal mortality rate, limited access to health care services, understaffing and underfunding at hospitals and clinics and a relatively low rate of health literacy.  Additionally, the country has a low usage rate of contraceptives and family planning, a high rate of teenage pregnancies and, in certain communities, cultural barriers to women seeking professional maternal care.  Despite efforts by the government to promote maternal health through the national Safe Motherhood Programme, the country remains behind on its objectives.

On launch day, the campaign had participation from over twenty of the seventy women who attended CFYDDI’s first annual Sports Gala Day.  CFYDDI is currently sharing the #WhatWomenWant photo survey with women and girls in Ndazabazzadde and neighbouring communities and will be reaching out at future events and in new locations of Buvuma Island and Rural Namulesa village in Jinja to meet with, listen to and embrace the ideas of women and girls who are demanding change.  Responses collected through our reach will be used to create a global picture of what women want and national advocacy agendas to help policy makers respond to the demands of women and girls.

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CFYDDI Team Member Florence added her voice to the thousands of women and girls around the world speaking up for positive change in maternal and reproductive health

Working together is by far the best way to effect real change. If you want to help CFYDDI reach out to more women and girls, please visit our Global Giving page and dedicate your support towards the #WhatWomenWant Campaign.  Together, we can help grow a global movement for quality maternal and reproductive health care for women and girls by helping governments, health professionals, private health providers and civil society organizations better understand what is most important to women and by continuing to push for positive change!

To see our growing campaign in action, visit our Facebook page here.

CFYDDI Early Learning Centre hosts the inaugural Sports Gala Day!

IMG_3967 (1) While academic learning is important, children must also be given opportunities to exercise, play and compete in sports events in order to encourage a healthy lifestyle. Friday, July 15, 2018, was a defining moment for CFYDDI’s Early Learning Centre, which hosted over two hundred students, family and friends for the first annual Sports Gala Day.  The event was a resounding success that featured friendly competition between the aspiring young athletes from the Early Learning Centre.

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Teams Red, Blue, Yellow and Orange show off their dancing skills under the watchful eye of Judge Richard

Teams Blue, Orange, Yellow and Red competed valiantly in numerous athletic and spirit events, including tyre races, musical chairs, group chanting and choreographed dancing, led by their spirited coaches Madam Iren, Madam Hope, Madam Oliva and Madam Glibwa.  The enthusiastic crowd of parents and family members cheered and danced much like the French and Croatian supporters at the 2018 World Cup Finals.

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Some parents could not contain their excitement – and decided to compete in the three-legged race themselves!

Judge Richard from nearby Spire High School judged the four teams based on the results of the various sporting events, team discipline, team spirit and coaching.  After carefully calculating the scores, Richard awarded the trophy to… Team Yellow, in front of a roaring crowd!

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Team Yellow was crowned the Winner of the 2018 Sports Gala Day

At the conclusion of the day’s events, the athletes and supporters alike were treated to a nourishing meal, followed by a meeting between the parents and teachers in the CFYDDI Conference Centre.

In the end, the Sports Gala was a day to be enjoyed by all.  This celebration of Centre spirit, teamwork and competition was a wonderful reminder of the importance of exercise and the value of sport to children’s development.  As well, it was a great opportunity for the teachers, children and parents of the Early Learning Centre to join together as a community in support of education and learning.  We are already counting down the days to next year’s event!

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Everyone wins when we’re having fun!

Thanks must be extended to Madam Prossy, the master of ceremonies who helped direct the athletes before each event, Alex Kalume for his work as a masterful DJ and to the Centre Team Leader Enoch Magala for helping organize the logistics of the day’s events.