Although vocational education is shown to promote a successful transition from school to work, foster self-sufficiency, self-esteem, moral character and a positive work ethic, only 11% of learners in Uganda are able to access it. In the Bugosa sub-region of southeastern Uganda, access to vocational skills -- especially among young mothers in rural areas -- is limited due to poverty, illiteracy, social stigma, long distances to training centres, limited family support and lack of childcare.
This project will teach young mothers the basics of business management, marketing, customer attraction / retention and financial literacy so they can establish their own small businesses upon graduation. CCUg-sponsored group savings meetings of 20-25 members will give students the opportunity to sell the products/services they are learning, including men's & women's clothing, tailoring, fashion design and hair-dressing / hairstyling -- all skills that are in demand in the Bugosa sub-region.
Successful completion of vocational training for 25 out-of-school young mothers will strengthen their economic resilience, establish a culture of saving, and teach them how to set and achieve financial goals to increase their household income. The classes will also promote social networking and solidarity among young mothers, enhancing their social capital and support network, improving their status within the community and reducing their reliance on others as a means of financial support.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).