Youth Tipped On Tackling Poverty – ChimpReports

Youth Tipped On Tackling Poverty

Panelists at the inaugural Africa Talks converation at Serena Hotel on Sunday

Vodafone Uganda customers are set to enjoy cheaper voice calls starting today following the introduction of a new promotional tariff that will see the telecom company’s subscribers making calls at shs3 per second across all networks.

According to Vodafone Uganda CEO Allan Richardson, ampoule physician the promotional rates are meant to make Vodafone the telecom service provider of choice, web attract more subscribers, and enable the company to remain competitive in the market.

“We have reduced the voice call rate to Ushs3 per second to all local calls/networks to ensure businesses and individuals, especially our subscribers, can easily see the value they are getting from Vodafone and also give our potential customers more impetus to choose us,” said Mr Richardson.

Vodafone recently registered its 100,000th customer, seven months since the telecommunications services provider launched in the Ugandan market in February 2015 and also upgraded its voice and data network with the introduction of both 4G and 3G data services in Wakiso, Entebbe, and Kampala.

Recently, Vodafone also introduced free WhatsApp and a wide range of mobile devices such as the SsabaSimu (Infocus), as a value-add aimed at empowering customers to do more with its services.

The free service and reduction in call rates will enable Vodafone customers to enjoy the festive season without worrying about the costs of calling family, friends and business contacts.
There are increasingly high levels of poverty world over amidst immense stress on resources like land, abortion water and food as a result of a multiplying population.

While the young generation is entrusted with the role of shaping of the future and creating innovations to deal with challenges, the biting unemployment especially in Uganda remains a significant barrier. However some of youth have swum against the tide and made remarkable social impact even with the trifling resources at their disposal.

The inaugural conversation of Africa Talks brought together young people who have made strides to impact their society through social enterprises to discuss the role of these in fighting poverty. The event which attracted a targeted young audience at Serena Hotel Kampala was organized by Leo Africa Forum.

Estar Kalenzi, 28 founder of philanthropic organization 40 days over 40 smiles encouraged young people to play their role in helping the needy irrespective of their status.

“Everyone has a role to play, small as it maybe. About half of the world’s population is living in poverty. Imagine the impact that would be made if everyone helped one other person. Youth should stop waiting to accumulate riches and start acting,” she said.

Humphrey Nabimanya is passionate about educating young people about sexual related issues and it’s this passion that led into Reach a Hand Uganda. He believes that young people lack appropriate information to make wise decisions about their sexuality.

He said; “Parents have abandoned their role of having sex talks with their children and we seek to bridge this gap. Equally, poverty has led young girls into the wrong hands that can provide them with what they lack – eventually they get impregnated.”

Other speakers included; Brian Atuheire a public health professional, Emily Karungi a software developer and Rushongoka Wa-Mpiira an agriculturalist.

Social enterprises like these are re-defining the role of young people as agent of change in communities and also contributing to creation of employment and poverty reduction.

‘Africa Talks’ is a brainchild of Leo Africa Forum and is a platform for individuals to share their vision for Africa and how they can achieve this through their careers and work.

The conversation also highlighted the importance of ICTs and new technologies in fostering social change



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