Uganda

The Purple Skills Klinic Foundation has partnered with Reach A Hand Uganda to scale its upskilling of youths to reduce unemployment in Uganda.

The foundation, launched as a nonprofit in April 2022, organises skilling workshops to mentor unemployed youths in various vocational areas.

Development Diaries understands that the foundation’s workshops and internship placement services are done free of charge for the targeted youth participants in the East African country.

‘I would like to congratulate [Douglas Lwanga] for starting up the [Purple Skills Klinic Foundation] initiative that aims at improving the lives of the youth in Uganda’, the founder of Reach A Hand Uganda, Humphrey Nabimanya, tweeted.

‘We have partnered with [Purple Skills Klinic Foundation] to extend opportunities and skills to young people, and to solve the challenge of unemployment among the youth in the country’.

‘We at [Purple Skills Klinic Foundation] are excited for this partnership. Let’s not give the youth fish, together lets teach them how to fish’, the founder of Purple Skills Klinic Foundation, Lwanga, replied.

Uganda has the world’s youngest population, with over 78 percent of its population below the age of 30 and about eight million youths aged 15 to 30.

Although the country has a large youth demography, unemployment among young people is very high as Uganda has one of the highest youth unemployment rates in sub-Saharan Africa.

The Ugandan government, it is understood, is implementing a ten-year strategic plan known as ‘Skilling Uganda’ to improve the quality of the Ugandan vocational education and training.

While it is clear that the large number of young people in Uganda have the potential to be a tremendous asset for the country, they need income-earning opportunities to realise that.

Photo source: Humphrey Nabimanya

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