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Replicating Entrepreneurship and Career Guidance Models in Conflict torn East Uganda

Mon, March 6, 9:45 to 11:15am, Sheraton Atlanta, Floor: 1, Capitol Center (North Tower)


In the Eastern region of Uganda, the number of people living in poverty has increased by over 25% in the past few years. In the face of extreme poverty and conflict, we have no option but to be innovative in how we deliver education and knowledge to support entrepreneurial activities. Our model of development is that we use locally sustainable and strategic methods that are appropriate to the context, and do not require a big investment or an expensive infrastructure.Entrepreneurial skills provide career options for the youth which enables them unleash their potential. It means the young people can have greater impendence, higher income potential and increased job satisfaction. For this to happen, AET is looking into improved participation and learning outcomes in high demand skill areas (ICT, STEM, business & financial literacy) in school which closely links to Career fairs and school enterprises. AET is working with schools and education officials to introduce students to business skills and the range of available opportunities. AET is also working with “ teach a man to fish “ and this provides practical school enterprises.

The evidence to date collected during the implementation of the project portrays the urgent need for school based interventions which will create connectivity to the work environment through career guidance or encourage entrepreneurship that will reduce the dependence on what collar jobs. The paper will provide the methodologies, learning and future plans of replicating the entrepreneurial and career guidance models. The longer term goal is to produce a model that can be replicated to other locations and even countries. It also draws the attention of the MoE to further engage in such to ensure an enabling environment is created for the youth.