Friday, August 5, 2011


Children like songs, they love drama too! They learn a lot from the songs they sing, and out of the plays they act. Songs and plays encourage children to speak, and gives them a chance to communicate, even with limited language using non-verbal communication such as body movements and facial expressions. Singing and acting also involves children through their bodies, minds, emotions, language, and social interactions. That is why ACFODE encourages them to sing and play!

This too emerged last year during ACFODE’s Silver Jubilee Celebrations when a new theme; ‘25 years of Gender Equality Embracing the Youth and Looking Ahead,’ was unveiled. ACFODE realized that unless children, who are leaders of tomorrow, are inculcated into understanding the equality between women and men, and girls and boys, efforts to bring about gender equality in society will continue to face formidable hurdles.

To reinforce the above, 8 primary schools were registered for the Inter Primary Drama and Music Competitions in each sub county of Busanza and Nyabanbe ( Kisoro) and Butebo and Kasodo ( Pallisa) that took place from the 8th – 9th July 2011 under the theme: Enough is Enough – Stop Rape, Defilement and Sexual Harassment.

The core objectives of the competitions were to: expound children/ participants knowledge on the dangers of gender based violence, improve on their public speaking skills and provide a platform for networking amongst different stakeholders in the fight against sexualized violence (community leaders, parents, government representatives, law enforcers and civil society).

Scoring was used as a method of determining the best performing schools. Adjudicators focused on the tone quality, diction, subject matter, rhythm and general interpretation of the theme by ranking scores for music and drama to determine the best performer.

In Pallisa, Alok Primary School (Kasodo Sub County) emerged as the winning school while in Butebo Soub County it was Kasiebai primary school. In Kisoro, it was Gitovi Primary School (Busanze Sub County) and Mutolere Primary School (Nyakabande Sub County) that emerged as winners.

The winning Schools were awarded with Plagues. Other categories that were awarded included the best actor/ actress, and the 2nd Runner ups. All participants were given a certificate and a hand ball.

The event was successful because of generous support from EIRENE (development partner) and MOVIT Products Ltd (Corporate Sponsor).

Submitted By Sandra Nassali

Public Relations & Communications Officer

Action For Development

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