The Deputy Resident District commissioner Kagadi Benjamin Tumusiime has appealed to teachers to always integrate life skill and value lesson in their schemes of work.
Benjamin made the revelation while addressing stakeholders during a one-day meeting organized by KCSON aimed at disseminating findings in the assessment report conducted of life skill and values in the district.
In the month of July-August 2022 Kitara Civil society organizations Network in partnership with Uwezo Uganda and Luigi Guissani insitute of Higher Education conducted an assessment on life skills and values under the initiative of the regional education and learning initiative with focus on three skills including problem solving, collaboration and self-awareness and one value respect among adolescents.
The research covered 484 respondents between the age of 13-17 years in school and out of school adolescents
According to the finding on problem solving as a component 29% adolescent struggled in recognizing a problem and unable to identify possible solution, 60% were able to recognize existence of a problem from one perspective, 9.3% able to recognize existence of a problem from one perspective and able to identify a main approach while 1.4% were able to recognize existence of a problem with multiple perspectives.
On self-management 13.9% were unable to regulate negative emotions and responses, 56.7% were able to control self in a situation through repression of emotion or avoidance while 29,4 % sufficiently self-aware and confident to respond adaptively even when directly confronted.
On collaboration 8.4% do not engage either by being attentive to discussion, speaking or through action, 60.1% are attentive to discussion and may query the views of others, 28% collaborates through speaking and being attentive in discussions while 3.6 % collaborates through taking positions and contributing ideas and prompting others.
The research under respect pointed out that 10% were unable to respond in a relevant way, 39.2% were aware of infringement of rights or bad behaviors by one person towards another, 42.2% were able to interpret bad behaviors as lack of respect for others or self while 8.3% were aware of links between respects for property and person and will act in respectful way towards others and in defense of others.
Tanazio Byamugisha the District coordinator Assessment of life skills and values says that the ministry of education and sports is adapting a new lower secondary curriculum aimed at equipping learners with life skills and values to face challenges with positivity and creativity
He further said the research will help different stakeholders in policy formation and decision making
The Vice Chairperson LCV Peter Sebugwaho appealed to stakeholders to institute morals among adolescents if the society is to have God fearing children