My name is Akullo Sarah Dilla, I am 16 years old and in primary six at Awach Primary School. I am the chairperson of the child rights club in my school.
In our club, we learn different income generating activities such as tailoring. We also perform drama and hold debates. But as a leader, I am also supposed to advise the club members plus all the pupils.
I normally give them this advice during meetings and I tell them about their rights and responsibilities plus the need to stay in school.
I encourage children to stay in school because they get more skills while in school; it also helps them prevent early pregnancies. It also protects them from being raped while in the community.
I tell them that if they drop out, they will be neglected by their families and when they grow up, they will be poor and therefore, will not be able to take their children to school.
I advise the girls to abstain from sex and avoid early marriages. They should also talk to teachers at school whenever they are faced with a problem at home.
However, all this cannot be achieved without help from parents that is why I believe that parents should always take their children to school. They should also provide girls with sanitary pads because some girls drop out because they lack sanitary pads. Some even miss school during this time of the month.