The Ministry of Gender, Labor and Social Development in partnership with Business Day Communications Company have launched a project aimed at fighting youth unemployment in the country.
The campaign dubbed, “Young, Health and Empowered” seeks to create one million jobs for youths by 2022.
The drive was launched on Tuesday at Makerere University, Kampala by the Commissioner for Youth in the Ministry, Mwondha Kyateka.
The commissioner noted that the Ministry is committed to offer support to the campaign to ensure the set target is achieved.
“We are already working with the different partners including private organizations as well as the different youth groups to ensure that 1 million jobs are created by 2020,” Kyateka said.
Business Day Communications Chief Executive Officer, Jane Nandawula said the campaign was arrived at after engaging youth from over 10 universities in the country in March, during the commemoration of the International Women’s Day celebrations.
Nandawula revealed that their objectives include; facilitating visibility of youth, related government programs and its partners through decision makers and youth conferences.
“The campaign will advocate for increased employment of youth by public, private sector and self. By self, we mean advocating for increased entrepreneurship opportunities for youth and we see Agribusiness as a very viable sector to accommodate youth enterprises,” she said.
She added that the group will lobby for increased donor funding to government and non-government organizations (NGOs) to achieve scaling up of youth and related projects in Uganda.
Nandawula noted that one of the issues that are causing youth unemployment is attitude, suggesting that some employees think that the youth are lazy, wasteful, make a lot of mistakes and need too much orientation.
“We shall try to build the image of young people and also improve the visibility of the projects that the youth have already worked on and are very successful.”