Laroo Boarding School Closure
beginning of 2015, IamSCS worked closely with a senior public health
specialist in the Ministry of Health Uganda to provide technical support
to IamSCS and Laroo Boarding School to ensure coherence and
responsiveness to the needs of the beneficiaries and advocate against
the closure of the school. IamSCS drafted a comprehensive work plan in
partnership with the school management, families of children, and
Activities proposed in the work plan were identified following a pre-visit to the school where discussions were held with the school management and district authorities, that is, inspector of schools and LCV chairperson. These activities included; establishing a formal steering committee to work with IamSCS to ensure harmonized and owned program in the school and community; sensitization of district leaders; sensitization of school teachers and pupils; supplementing in-school feeding of children; providing take home food rations; and providing water purification tablets.
In April 2015, IamSCS held a stakeholders meeting in Gulu, Northern Uganda with members of the Board of Laroo Boarding School and district leaders who included; the LCV Chairperson, Secretary for Social Services/Education, Inspector of Schools, District Education Officer, Municipal Education Officer, Town Clerk, and Community Development Officer. This was an important sensitization meeting that focused on discussing the work plan, objectives, activities and target beneficiaries of the program. It was expected that participants would continue to support the program activities through advocacy and mobilization of cost share resources to supplement IamSCS contribution. IamSCS also presented for signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the school and the district to form the basis for implementation of the work plan.
Despite IamSCS’s best efforts, Laroo Boarding School closed in 2015 with most of the former child soldiers now scattered across Northern Uganda. A few joined other schools whilst some others joined the army. Regrettably, the majority of the children dropped out of school since they could not afford school fees for higher education.