YANA Community High School project specifically addresses the need to provide affordable secondary and vocational education to youth in rural eastern Uganda. With a school like YANA, girls can access a nearby affordable school instead of staying home to do chores, and thus prevent teenage pregnancy and early marriages. At YANA's vocational training center, youth gain employable skills that will help them to obtain employment, increase their family incomes, and break the cycle of poverty.
Historically rural areas of eastern Uganda have experienced disproportionate adversity. During the 1990s a large proportion of the people who died from the AIDS pandemic were from rural areas and thus left many orphaned children. In addition to the high level of poverty, eastern Uganda is among the regions with the lowest level of education in Uganda and East Africa. Inaccessibility of education is one of the major factors behind the income inequality experienced in Uganda's rural areas.
In 2017, with Tusubira's support, CEP started YANA Community High School, a secondary school which provides high-quality, subsidized secondary education for orphans and vulnerable youth, particularly girls. YANA aims to reach children who might otherwise slip through the cracks to poverty by addressing the many constraints. Providing scholarships for secondary education as well as vocational training to vulnerable children will create other options for young people.
With YANA, girls can access an affordable school and vocational training instead of staying home to do chores, and thus to prevent teenage pregnancy and early marriages. At YANA's vocational training center rural youth gain employable skills that will help them obtain and/or create jobs, increase their family incomes, and break out of the cycle of poverty. Education creates opportunity and everyone deserves this opportunity.