By UTN Reporter Kampala - The Civil Society has joined schools to fight the denting unemployment problem that bites hard especially among the youths in the urban centers.
Through a national wide drive to skill the youths, Educate a Non-Government Organization has identified a sure way to equip the youths, and help them live a meaningful life especially after school.
In a bid fight unemployment, the Civil Society has embarked on a countrywide campaign to skill up the youths through school entrepreneurship clubs.
The clubs run by students equip the youths with skills like making liquid and bar soap, environment friendly stoves, affordable sanitary pads among other things done through recycling plastics and polythene products.
The skills are attained over a period of time as each club is equipped with materials and availed with different mentors. The program spearheaded by Educate, an NGO has over 200 schools countrywide with over 600 students under the skilling program.
The Country Director Educate Sarah Kayondo says the project is aimed at skilling the young generation, to help them have a meaningful life after schools even without formal employment. Byte-Sarah Kayondo
She says the major challenge with the youths today in the false perception they have about life and employment. This she says is attained in schools given the current education structure that grooms seekers and not creators.
Kayondo adds that several youths have lived a meaningful life after school after going through the project that enrolls students in high school.
The Executive Director for Pepsi Uganda Maggie Kigozi says the project is unleashing entrepreneurship potential of the youths, and directing their efforts to real development and life changing experiences. Byte-Maggie Kigozi
She specifically commended the groups that innovate sanitary pads, saying the effort will help keep the girl child in School.
Over 400 girl children drop out of schools due to lack of sanitary pads, when they enter into their monthly menstrual periods.
Among the schools that exhibited their products included Ndejje SSS, Kibuli SSS, Vurra sss, Kiira College in Jinja among others.
The best innovator was awarded with financial assistance to invest in their project and grow it further.