This program was introduced to equip students with skills that are not equipped to them while at schoolComrades to Youths Africa partners with schools in which it forms Students ClubsIn these clubs, students are empowered and equipped with skills that are not equipped to them while at schoolThe program is further subdivided into four elements; Leadership and Entrepreneurship Course, Mentor-ship, Skill Building, Fellowship.
WHY STUDENTS EMPOWERMENT?
More than 77% of Uganda’s population are young people under the age of 25 and according to research carried out Advocates Coalition for Development and Environment (ACODE)in 2014, the rate of unemployment among young people in Uganda was between 60% and 70% (https://wwwacode- uorg), African development bank showed that 420 million of Africa’s population are youth aged 15-35, one-third are unemployed and discouragedThis is increasing due to the high number of students who graduate every year, leading to other problems like drug use among othersThe aforementioned challenges arise from among others, a deficiency in mainstreaming skill building and life skills in the curriculum taught to students in Ugandan schoolsAs a result, students come out of the school system lacking critical life skills and the ability to create jobs hence continuing the cycle.
We partner with schools in which we form Students Empowerment ClubsIn these clubs, students are empowered and equipped with skills not equipped to them while at schoolThis is done through four elements i.eLeadership and entrepreneurship course, mentorship, skill building, and fellowship.
In the Leadership and entrepreneurship course, we aim to empower the students with leadership skills that can empower youth to help and address issues affecting their communities, it also aims at empowering students with entrepreneurship skills that they can use to setup business ventures as a way of fighting poverty and youth unemploymentThe organization uses Educate! curriculum to implement this activity.
The mentor-ship activity involves career guidance, general life counseling, and conflict solving, among othersMentor-ship also involves matching mentors (teachers who are willing to volunteer as mentors) and mentees (Students) in which students benefit both academically and in personal development.
Skill Building involves equipping students with both soft and hard skillsThe soft skills involve entrepreneurial skills, positive self-concept, self-control, and higher-order thinking skills control while the hard skills will involve technical skills and these will be established regarding the requests of the students.
Fellowships involve organizing an annual fellowship that brings students from different schools together to take life and leadership courses, be taught on particular topics, and share ideas with friends, they will also be exposed to experienced persons in leadership and business areas who share their experience with them.