Youth Social Inclusion for Civic Engagement in Bukedea District

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Youth Social Inclusion for Civic Engagement in Bukedea District

Mbale, Uganda
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Project Stage:
Start-Up
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

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The project aims to support youth inclusion in Bukedea District in Eastern Uganda and to foster democratic reforms and youth civic engagement. The project will build the capacities of youth centers, youth community organizations as well as schools. Via an inclusive approach, young women and men will gain competencies necessary for their pro-active involvement in social and decision-making processes. Volunteerism will be promoted and practiced as a tool for achieving local development goals, particularly those identified by youth. Capacities of volunteers and volunteer-involving organizations will be strengthened.
The project will address the issue of youth inclusion, a new concept for Bukedea Secondary Schools, with the introduction of innovative approaches such as: using volunteerism as a tool for achieving local development goals; bridging the gap between young people from rural and urban areas; introducing ICT as a tool for youth social activism; creating an environment for social community projects for learning; and fostering inter-generational dialogue. A particular emphasis will be placed on working with marginalized, socially-excluded young women and men who, due to geographic, economic, gender and/or cultural barriers, are disadvantaged in today’s Bukedea society. The project will empower young women and men and increase both the number of volunteers as well as the number of meaningful volunteerism opportunities in rural and urban communities throughout Bukedea District.
The process of transition in Uganda has presented challenges, opportunities and new roles for the youth of Bukedea. It has also exposed development-related pressures and problems that previously were not so acute or did not exist. Youth in Bukedea amount to nearly 11 million individuals, of whom about 30% reside in urban areas and 70% in rural areas. Youth hold the key to the demographic, social-economic, political and cultural progress of Uganda. The degree of satisfaction with existing opportunities for personal and professional development directly influences the behavior and expectations of young women and men. In turn, their potential to reach an acceptable quality of life – materially, healthily and behaviorally – is greatly diminished. Due to limited opportunities, youth are often turning to other, less constructive, alternatives.
Within the interventions the following are the major challenges are still faced by the youth in Bukedea:
1. Lack of competencies in organizational management/schools, volunteer management, financial management and gender inclusiveness of Youth Centers and volunteer-involving organizations.
2. Underdeveloped social competencies and skills in young women and men to actively engage in shaping their own and society’s future.
3. Lack of ICT skills, ICT usage models as well as access to information and education, including on-line learning through up-to-date information and communication resources.
4. Lack of social solidarity between youth and elderly generations, leading to a breakdown in community.
5. Insufficient understanding of the beneficial role of volunteerism among local community members and young people specifically.
6. Insufficient understanding and lack of capacity in governmental, private and non-governmental organizations to effectively utilize volunteers.

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

The process of transition in Uganda has presented challenges, opportunities and new roles for the youth of Bukedea. It has also exposed development-related pressures and problems that previously were not so acute or did not exist. The degree of satisfaction with existing opportunities for personal and professional development directly influences the behavior and expectations of youth. In turn, their potential to reach an acceptable quality of life materially, healthily and behaviorally is greatly diminished. Situation analyses of the youth sector reveal many challenges young people are facing, including: Poverty. The level of poverty among young families (44.7%) is 1.6 times higher than the average in Bukedea. Unemployment. The level of unemployment among youth is 13.4%, as compared to the overall national average of 9.1%. Access to education. The perception of 88% of youth in rural areas is that they have limited access to quality education. ICT access and skills. In towns 79.9% of all educational institutions are equipped with ICT labs, yet only 42.3% of rural area schools are. HIV/AIDS.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

The project objective is to support youth social inclusion and civic engagement by developing key social competencies necessary for pro-active youth involvement in society and decision-making processes, thus providing support to further enhancement of Government youth policy. This will be achieved through: (a) capacity development of Youth Centers, youth volunteers, and local volunteer-involving organizations/schools; (b) development of competencies of young women and men for active involvement in society and local level decision-making; (c) development of social competencies of young women and men through e-learning, on-line learning, and knowledge hub resources; (d) fostering inter-generational equity and social solidarity via creation of a living heritage treasury; (e) popularization of volunteerism among both young women and men, and its further development; (f) Introduction of volunteerism to community stakeholders as a support mechanism for achieving local government, public and private sector goals.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Developing youth social competencies and promoting youth participation in the development and implementation of socially important projects will be achieved by introducing state-of-the-art communication technologies to youth networks. New learning materials, on-line trainings and face-to-face trainings will be developed and made available through the Learning and Knowledge Transfer Hub to be established under the joint project. Social competencies will be formed through the following instruments and project activities: Capacity development of youth in secondary schools, including volunteers and other target groups, though face-to-face and on-line trainings and web-design, etc.; Networking and peer-to-peer networking between project target groups and other players; Practical experience for students from pedagogical schools by volunteering in project activities in rural schools and youth centers; Support to creating e-communities and developing web-community social services and projects involving project target groups; Support to youth to develop skills for solving community problems, including proactive approaches and citizenship skills; Training of teachers in the organization and career orientation curricula for secondary schools; Introduce volunteerism in the local development agenda; Utilize information,learning,training materials on the Project Portal Learning and Knowledge Transfer Hub for further development of youth
Sustainability

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

The Centre to flourish, effectively discharge its mandate, it is imperative that it embraces ICT in all its operations. The Centre is in the process of formulating an appropriate information management system to monitor and evaluate the youth's social needs and an efficient way of disseminating information to all actors in this field. This technology will make the centre a fully fledged resource outfit that will enhance and meet its objectives unlike earlier similar ones that failed. ICT has relevance to the day-to-day livelihood of youth. Community ignorance, political issue can affect the growth and more probably partners in the field of youth
About You
Organization:
Oluwa Youth Activity Group (OYAG)
About You
First Name

Lucas

Last Name

Akol

Your role in education

Coach, Social Worker, Student.

About Your Organization
Organization Name

Oluwa Youth Activity Group (OYAG)

Organization Country

, Mbale

How long has your organization been operating?

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References - Please provide two references with a two-sentence biography, email address, and phone number for each

Mr. Okei Charles
Chairperson Miroi Growers Cooperative Society

Email: okei_charles@yahoo.com
Tel: +256772485799

Madam. Adeke Rebecca
Community Development Officer Bukedea
Tel: +256752354466

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Innovation
How long have you been in operation?

Operating for 1‐5 years