Youth in Uganda are the youngest population and most rapidly growing populations in the world. According to the National Population Council (NPC), Uganda has a population growth rate of 3.3 percent per annum, making it the third fastest growing population in the world. The country’s population is projected to reach 75 million by 2040 from the current 40 million people.
Youths below the age of 30 make up more than 78 percent of the 40 million people, according to the NPC.The unemployment rate for young people in Uganda ages 15–24 is 83%. This rate is even higher for those who have formal degrees and live in the urban area. This is due to the disconnect between the degree achieved and the vocational skills needed for the jobs that are in demand for workers.
TISED-U agrees with population experts who argue that investing in the youth age group will guarantee a healthy and skilled human resource in Uganda.
TISED-U believes in the potential of youth to generate solutions that address the current and future problems of Toororegion and Uganda as a whole.
TISED-U youth agenda is to facilitate processes that produce an all-round and resilient youth with multiple abilities to respond to problems of our times. TISED-U will specifically use resources generated from our development partners to; build youth hubs, skill youth in fields relevant to the market, establish youth information centres, support youth mentoring programs and support youth innovation including income generating activities.
PROGRAM MAIN OBJECTIVES
- to stimulate community development and transformation, by offering the youth in the target area access to vital information and other basic educational activities that will raise their awareness about development issues; and strengthen their participation and decision-making within the society on matters affecting their own lives.
KEY PROJECTS UNDER THIS PROGRAMMATIC AREA:
- Establishment of centres to help the target youth groups, public and community-based organizations access affordable information technology services.
- Providing training facilities, and assist establish youth forums, to enable them meet regularly, discuss, exchange and share ideas, learn about themselves and others. Understand their own problems, and identify their needs in relation to their existing social, political, cultural and religious structures, and take actions to direct and control their own future destiny.
- Promoting and supporting youth friendly health services
- Promote youth friendly IGAs with an aim of increasing income stability of the youth in rural and peri-urban areas
- Establishment of community based youth incubation centres aiming at promoting and appreciating innovations.
- Promoting sports for development.