Children come into contact with the justice system for various reasons. The 2019 Situation Analysis on Children in Uganda shows that 27% of children have been exposed to a crime. Despite the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) position that ‘putting children in prison should only be the last resort and for the shortest time possible’, there are children in many of Uganda’s detention facilities. Whereas many children come into contact with the law, many more suffer at the handsof adult abusers. UNICEF’s 2018 situation analysis shows that 44 percent of girls and 59 percent of boys aged 13-17 years had experienced physical violence in 2018. The outbreak of COVID-19 has further heightened the challenges as reporting and response mechanisms are temporarily affected.
The 2-day in-depth and insightful symposium brought a blend of academics, practitioners, and policy makers including diplomats with a wealth of experience on current initiatives on the provision of Online Distance Learning (ODL) programmes to people forcefully displaced – including at-risk scholars unable to continue going about their routine academic work including.
In collaboration with the Association of Commonwealth Universities, The University of Edinburgh, The British Council, and Refugee Law Project (RLP), we are pleased to be represented by Onen David Ongwech (Programme Manager Gender & Sexuality) and Susan Alupo (Programme Manager Access to Justice) at this very important symposium on Long-term approaches to supporting refugees at risk and at risk scholars in higher education from March 7 - 8, 2019 at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.