Whilst it has been widely recognised that STEM1 education has a vital role to play in this transformation, only 30% of the female student population worldwide choose STEM-related fields of study. Women are also significantly under-represented in ICT, accounting for only 3% of ICT graduates annually. Numbers are even smaller in Uganda, where gender imbalance also plays a major part in the lack of viable, stable digital opportunities in which women can grow.
Uganda has been identified 2 as one of the most entrepreneurial countries in the world, unfortunately the majority of small businesses do not live beyond one year, mainly due to the lack of technical and business skills. The COVID19 pandemic exacerbated the failure of local businesses which we need to address. Our goal is to ensure that women owned and led MSMEs 3 in Uganda have access to tools, resources and opportunities they need to revive, sustain and grow thriving businesses.
As of 2018, more than 50% of Uganda’s population lies between the ages of 15 and 29, and we know that 78% of primary school leavers do not progress to higher education. This has a long-term impact on employment readiness and growth potential for Uganda’s youth. By 2030, more than 50% of our youth will lack the necessary skills to compete in the global digital revolution which is transforming how and where the work is done.
What’s more, the effects of the pandemic have been catastrophic, and our programmes aim to help address this. Many small businesses have closed their doors due to lack of capital thus exacerbating the unemployment gap in Uganda. Now more than ever, more young women are out of work, lack the right skills and capital to restart closed businesses or start new businesses.
Imagine a Uganda that trains and supports young women to join the global digital revolution happening all around us. A revolution that can bring financial stability for a more fulfilling future from anywhere there is an internet connection and the right tools. We know there is a great appetite within our target groups, and where there is a great appetite, there is a great opportunity for success.
“By 2030, more than 50% will lack the necessary skills to compete in the global digital revolution”.