SCOEN propose to implement a project where young women especially the teenage mothers obtain practical & marketable skills training, so that they can participate in the social & economic development of the community and bring about the change that is desperately needed to fight the prevailing extreme poverty. The project is in line with the Government's Vision 2040, Specifically, it supports the Education Sector Strategic Plan 2011-2020 "Skilling Uganda." Moreover, it conforms to the SDG4.
Due to many socio-economic factors in the region, Bukedea's girls are especially vulnerable. Bukedea has some of the highest school dropout rates and teenage pregnancy rates in the country. The causes range from: cultural beliefs - parents not believing in investing in girls' education, many families not being able to afford the high cost of education, parents being disappointed after a teen pregnancy and therefore unwilling to use their meagre resources to send the young women back to school.
Equip them with relevant vocational competencies, basic manual skills, provide access to micro finance schemes to develop their businesses. Work with boys/train boys about the dignity & worthiness of girls in a bid to ensure that they view, treat them as equals; this will ensure girls receive practical livelihood skills in hair dressing, baking, mushroom farming & vegetable growing. All of these have a ready market in the communities and nearby townships and can directly affect income production
This endeavor will ensure young women receive practical livelihood skills in hair dressing, baking, mushroom farming, vegetable growing and other widely grown cereals. All of these have a ready market in the communities and nearby townships and can directly affect income production. Although the direct beneficiaries will be the young women, the ripple effect will include their children-for those that are teenage mothers, their families and the community as a whole.