The launch of our youth economic empowerment project known as “A Working Future” has meant forming powerful partnerships with youth and the private corporate sector to provide economic and self-employment opportunities. The emerging success from this project has already provided new opportunities and frontiers for engaging private sector companies and working with organised youth groups to address chronic youth poverty.
Last year, Plan International Uganda successfully organised a corporate sector engagement forum with over 60 private corporate companies from the financial sector, large scale supermarket outlets, universities, mills and factories, telecoms and motor companies, with a high level of participation from young people. The forum provided a platform to explore opportunities and ways of working with private local and international companies to support youth economic empowerment.
We have also enabled young people to access skills training, resulting in 7,748 young women and men gaining apprenticeships or vocational skills, life skills and farming skills. Focal areas for training are animal and crop husbandry, craft making, participation skills and menstrual hygiene management.