Youth

Young men and women constitute the largest single block of Uganda’s labour force. The youth, in the 15 — 29 age bracket, constitute over 95% of the 500,000 new labour market entrants annually (UBOS UNHS 2003). The youth share of suffering unemployment is increasing (42% in 1997; 58% in 2003; and 65% in 2006). The problem is mostly located in urban areas and is suffered most by the female youth.

Most of the young people in Uganda have had very little opportunity to acquire employable skills. About 2.8 million young people aged 18- 30 years (72%) have attained only a primary education or less. Limited form al education is much more common in rural areas than in urban areas and is more common among young adults than among teenagers.

Objective

Ensure that the youth are fully engaged in the rehabilitation and reconstruction programme, leadership development and technical skills, while promoting social and national integration.

Plan and Commitment

• Establish National Youth Corps (NYC), in effect a local “Peace Corps” to ensure the full participation of young people in the rehabilitation and reconstruction programmes such as roads, schools, hospitals, housing works; provide teachers for UPE and USE schools; and provide agents for national public health campaign.
• Provide assistance for business start-ups and expanding businesses through grants and soft loans.
• Provide training and guidance for a range of services particularly in skills for self employment, post-programme counselling and support.
• Work with industry and labour to provide attachment, craft training, and apprenticeship.

 
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