Feb 14, 2006

Batwa: Access to Education

A report on the human rights of children in Uganda made by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child concluded that certain groups of children were denied the right to education
February 13, 2006
Posted to the web February 13, 2006

By Irene Nabusoba
THE United Nations (UN) has urged government to tailor programmes to help children of minority groups like the Batwa, access education.

The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child recently produced a report on the human rights situation of children in Uganda, noting that discrimination against certain groups of children denied them the right to education.

"The committee is concerned about the limited access to basic social services like healthcare and education, among children of the minority groups," says the September 2005 report availed to Education Vision by the Uganda Child Rights NGO Network.

The committee urged the Government to undertake a study to assess the needs of Batwa children and to elaborate a plan of action involving leaders of the Batwa community in order to protect the rights of these children.

The report recommended that information regarding access to healthcare facilities and education be provided to the Batwa. It also called for focus on other discriminated groups like children with disabilities, and refugees.

Source: AllAfrica.com