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One of the Wakiso District Facilitators (Godfrey Nsubuga) sharing the district vision/dream with the rest of facilitators from the 11 districts during the social gerontology manual training.
Wakiso District facilitators brainstorming about the district dream during the national social gerontology manual training. Nearly to the end of the training the team was enabled to develop the District implementation plan to scale up the community life competence strategy. After the development, we shared it with other facilitators from other districts in Uganda. Our dream/vision is to contribute to national efforts towards improving the general wellbeing of older persons. Our focus in this first phase of implementation is to create awareness of the community members and local leaders in Wakiso District about the dangers and risks associated with elder abuse and neglect and also change their mind-set. We believe that the first step in changing societies is by changing their perceptions and correct myths surrounding an issue. We shall exercise the SALT process using intergenerational to;
Stimulate youth, older persons and local leaders to change their attitudes towards an older person. That way they will be triggered to start thinking rightly to form community social networks to advocate for the entitlements of older persons and other marginalised community groups.
To date members have finished with the visiting of local and district authorities. The main aim of the visit was to officially introduce the program to them such that they become aware of it and also solicit for support during community mobilisation and identification of venues at the time of community sensitization. On March 2014, the team members converged at the Health Nest as the second meeting of the kind purposely to share progress of the visitation meetings. This meeting was chaired by the Executive Director (Arthur Namara)-Health Nest Uganda. The ultimate result shows that there is a recommendable big stone rolled so far.
Great thanks go to Marlou, francien, Arthur, Michael, Patrick and Cornelius; a team that facilitated the training.
Dear social network members you free to make your comments and suggestions because through sharing, knowledge and developmental plans are generated. It is vital to note keenly that sharing knowledge is power. I promise to keep you posted as we move along with the program.
My regards to all community life competence social network members globally
Godfrey Nsubuga- (256) 706496682, email: firstname.lastname@example.org