George Mutekanga, the Assistant Commissioner in Charge of Private Schools and Institutions told URN in an interview that Uganda is among the first three countries that this grant will go to of the nine African countries that are set to benefit over the next three years.
Young people and schools
with promising business innovations are to benefit from a new seven million euros
grant offered by Z Zurich, a Switzerland-based Entrepreneurship Foundation.
George Mutekanga, the
Assistant Commissioner in Charge of Private Schools and Institutions told URN in an interview that Uganda is among the first three countries
that this grant will go to of the nine African countries that are set to
benefit over the next three years.
He says that when the donors visited the Ministry of Education earlier, they
pitched to them the need for this funding that will mainly go to secondary
school students based on the fact the country has just started implementing a new
curriculum that is mooting for hands-on skills.
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He says that they are looking at young people whose ideas are climate-smart, can create jobs and address other critical needs of the country. These
will be trained on among others financial management and business communication. The plan is to reach 550,000 young people.
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Racheal Mwagale, the Executive Director of Junior Achievement Uganda, the NGO with whom the government is vetting learners for the grant said that they have also
resolved to seek beneficiaries that are out of school
considering that COVID-19 pushed some young people out of school and
ventured into businesses that can be supported to work better.
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Junior Achievement Africa, JAU’s mother organization has
been selected as the implementing partner of the project across the continent
and other countries benefiting include Burkina Faso, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire,
Liberia, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania and Togo.
JA Africa CEO, Simi Nwogugu said many young
Africans are entrepreneurial by nature but are limited in their ability to
develop solutions to the challenges around them and capture value from those solutions,
a reason why this programme is focusing on helping them develop
resilience, among others.
youth to Zurich Insurance Group employees as global mentors as well as to JA
Africa alumni and role models such as Iyinoluwa Aboyeji who has founded not one
but two unicorns in Nigeria will help build the critical social skills and confidence
necessary to validate their ideas and communicate them to a global audience of funders