Young people represent more than 70 per cent of the Uganda’s total population and account for the largest proportion of the total labour force. The country’s population is becoming more youthful, with youth as a proportion of the total population projected to increase due to the high fertility rates. However, this growing population of youth is happening in the midst of high school drop out rates, unemployment and exclusion of the young people/youth from productive economic and social life.
SAO therefore promotes Technical Vocational Education Training in profitable trades as a means to “help bring young people back” when the basic education system has failed (the notion of giving a second chance), or as a top-up to the basic knowledge base young people will need, to help prepare them for the immediate needs of the world of work. This type of vocational training provides young people with a maximum set of durable achievements in terms of literacy, basic knowledge and lifelong learning skills.
Technical Vocational and Education Training (TVET) programs continued to focus on increasing employment opportunities for previously trained out of school youths through strengthening community owned job mediation services and engagement of one hundred youths in market orinted agriculture.
Whereas tracer study conducted on graduates of SAO Uganda in Kolir community – June 2015 indicted 66% youths were self employed mainly through self initiated ventures, end of 2015 evaluated indicated 75% engaged in some business venture majority of which (62.5%) are participating in agriculture as a business, which is clear indication that out of school youth in partner communities are increasingly engaging in market oriented agriculture particularly horticulture because of its low investment cost, short hervest period, high yields and market availability which makes it more suitable for youths.