In the ghetto’s heart, a number of unlicensed schools run by volunteers teach public order and fundamental life skills to street children in an effort to rehabilitate them and reduce the number of cases.
Despite the fact that it is illegal, Salim Uhuru, the Division Mayor of Kampala Central, believes that the government should support them in improving their services because they serve the community.
The Tibamwenda Housing and Learning Facility is located in Kampala’s Central Division, in the center of Kisenyi. It gives street youngsters with informal schooling.
According to authorities, the facility, which opened more than seven years ago, has continued to provide informal public order instruction as well as rehabilitating inmates.
“We established this system because these kids were extremely difficult and cruel.” The facility’s director, Prince Hajj Swaleh, stated, “They didn’t even realize we had governance in this country.”
According to Bategyeka Dastid Shaaft, one of the facility teachers, they do not follow the ministry of Education and Sports’ curriculum, but rather employ informal education to instill religious and moral values in the street children.
“Because they live on the streets without order, we run programs related to good people’s behavior.” We also instill religious ideals in kids to help them develop a sense of humanity. “On these streets, they live like animals,” Bategyeka remarked.
Despite the gloomy misery they face on the streets, the learners say the learning sessions give them hope for a better future.
“I aspire to be a doctor.” “I want to be able to take care of sick people because we didn’t have the opportunity to do it ourselves,” said Prince Lubega, a student at the facility.
“I want to be a pilot in the future so that I can explore the world,” Adam Mugabe, seven, said.
Given the uncertainties surrounding their education’s future, the students stated that they attend the learning facilities to share their passion with their peers.
“We always come here to study,” Lubega explained, “but most importantly, we still need care and love as children, and that’s why we come here, to share love with our teachers.”
More than 100 students attend the learning center, and others have left to pursue income-generating activities such as carpentry and mechanics.
“The majority have progressed to small-scale income-generating occupations like as mechanics, tailors, selling eggs, and making shoes,” Bategyeka explained.
Despite the legality of the learning center being questioned, Uhuru, the central division mayor, stated he supports their goals since they are for the community’s good.
“These schools are unlawful, but we will kill one eye because they are doing a terrific job of empowering these children.” “It’s our responsibility to come out and encourage them because, as mayor, I have roughly three in my parish who have been trained in boxing, singing, and mechanics, among other things,” Uhuru added.
The learning facility’s leadership stated that they seek to raise the facility’s standard to that of registration in order to help more disadvantaged people.