Children are at risk of being the biggest victims of COVID19 unless urgent action is taken to develop and implement evidence based interventions to respond to their needs.
That is why, we are mentoring a new crop of child focused researchers to undertake rigorous child focused research which will be used to inform policy makers and programme implementers.
#COVID19 has impacted negatively on children. Numerous studies done so far indicate that cases of child abuse, teenage pregnancy, child labour, violence against children are at all time high.
And as children continue to be out of school, some may never get an opportunity to complete their education.
Aware of these challenges, early this week, we selected 30 child focused researchers from seven universities in Uganda and we are taking them through a rigorous scientific writing workshop to develop, strengthen their skills and competencies in research.
The 5 day training will equip the researchers with the skills on how to bring to the fore key issues affecting children during and post the pandemic.
The virtual scientific writing workshop started on Monday and will end on Friday.
The researchers are from Makerere University, Kyambogo University, Nsamizi Training Institute, Uganda Martyrs University, Uganda Christian University, Gulu University and Muni University.
#COVID19 has disrupted the way we work and live but we shall continue to leverage technology to find solutions that support the wellbeing of children.