In Uganda today, every three in four young adults of ages between18-24 have experienced some form of violence during their childhood (of which 35% of girls and 17% of boys have experienced sexual violence and, 68% of boys and 59% girls have experienced physical violence), this depicts worrying levels of violence inflicted on children. More so that only 8 percent girls and 5 percent boys who experience violence receive services. All these abuses take place in familiar environments and are perpetrated by persons (especially men) trusted and known to the children, at school, at home and in the communities where they live (Uganda Violence Against Children Survey Report, 2018).
World Vision Uganda in collaboration with the Ministry of Gender Labour and Social Development have piloted implementation of Coaching Boys Into Men (CBIM) in 25 schools in Mityana district, Uganda with funding from WHO. This violence prevention program has helped build respectful, positive discipline behaviors among boys. To date, 60 sports coaches have been trained who in turn have used CBIM to teach 2,107 boys healthy relationship skills and that violence never equals strength. From our interactions with boys in Sekanyonyi Roman Catholic Primary School, they have expressed that the key lessons they have learnt from their coaches are respect for themselves and others, equality and friendship between boys and girls, as well as peace over aggression. Results show an increase in the percentage of boys who report intent to intervene as positive bystanders of witness of violence from 47.0% at pre-season survey to 68.3% at post season survey.
Given the statistics and promising CBIM outcomes from the pilot, we would like with your support to strengthen capacity through this CBIM certification training to sustainably scale up CBIM implementation to end violence against children across the country. CBIM has demonstrated great potential as a male engagement approach.
At Futures Without Violence we create and implement violence prevention programs across the nation. We are a health and social justice nonprofit with a simple mission: to heal those among us who are traumatized by violence today – and to create healthy families and communities free of violence tomorrow.
Coaching Boys Into Men (CBIM), one of our cornerstone programs, is the only evidence-based dating and sexual violence prevention program, endorsed by the CDC, that trains and motivates high school coaches to teach their young male athletes healthy relationship skills and that violence never equals strength.
On June 24th & 25th, 2019, CBIM will host our first National Certification Training Institute at the Futures Without Violence, Center for Leadership and Action in San Francisco, California. This Institute will be an intensive 2-day training equipping select communities from across the country with all the tools they need to begin implementing CBIM, helping us further spread CBIM nationwide!