Kololo, Uganda – In a momentous event held today at the Kololo Airstrip, more than 16,000 enthusiastic young graduates were awarded certificates, marking the successful culmination of the Presidential Initiative for Skilling the Boy and Girl Child. The initiative, spearheaded by President Yoweri Museveni, aims to equip Ugandan youth with valuable skills to combat unemployment.
President Museveni’s Vision for Skill Development
President Yoweri Museveni’s visionary program, initiated with the goal of reducing youth unemployment rates, offers training in diverse fields, including baking, tailoring, weaving, shoemaking, hairdressing, electronics, and metal fabrication, among others. By focusing on empowering both young boys and girls, the program seeks to provide them with the tools and knowledge needed to secure their futures.
Remarkable Graduation Ceremony
The graduation ceremony at Kololo Airstrip saw President Museveni himself serve as the chief guest, highlighting the significance of this initiative. Also in attendance were Hon. Ruth Katushabe and Rt. Hon. Thomas Tayebwa, emphasizing the broad support for this project.
Speaking at the event, President Museveni expressed his satisfaction with the initiative’s progress, stating, “Today, we witness the fruits of our efforts as over 16,000 youth graduate with skills that will not only improve their lives but also contribute to the nation’s development.”
Focus on Empowering Girls
President Museveni underscored the importance of skilling young girls in the early stages of the project, aiming to reduce unemployment among them. The skills imparted in baking, tailoring, weaving, shoe-making, and hairdressing are expected to enable girls to start small businesses and potentially become employers themselves.
Moreover, the President announced plans to expand the reach of these training centers to cover all divisions of Kampala. This expansion aims to reduce transport costs for girls and provide tools and capital for those who successfully complete their training.Further the project slowly included the boy child with skills of welding.
Support and Praise for the Initiative
Notable attendees also included Maama Janet Museveni, who echoed her husband’s support for skilling Uganda’s youth. Buganda Katikkiro, Charles Peter Mayiga, praised the initiative, saying, “It’s a great opportunity being spearheaded by the State House Comptroller and members of her team, skilling the youth in this part of the Kingdom of Buganda. So, I urge all the youth to come and grab this opportunity.”
The Presidential Initiative for Skilling the Boy and Girl Child continues to be a beacon of hope for Uganda’s youth, equipping them with skills to build better futures and contribute to the nation’s growth. Today’s graduation ceremony at Kololo Airstrip marked a significant step toward achieving this vision.