Parenting a midst daily challenges
Many traditional positive child rearing practices are eroding as poor and struggling parents focus on day-to-day survival. Although children are traditionally valued in Uganda and parents are aware of and value positive parenting, early childhood stimulation and development is not well understood and not widely practiced in rural areas of Uganda. In order to support vulnerable parents in rural and urban communities, Plan Uganda identified 5 key parenting practices critical for growth and development of children which are feeding, hygiene and sanitation, play, adult and child interaction, love and respect in family that parents dialogue on during parenting education program to raise happy, intelligent and healthy children.
Community led action for children approach that Plan Uganda is using is helping unlock the strengths of the community to support child growth and development. Participation of the vulnerable groups in the development interventions is challenging and needs deliberate strategies or efforts to reach out to them such as home visits, special invitations among others.
Parents during nutrition session
Child playing with locally made materials