Hundreds of youth are prepared for decent work opportunities.
The peak of tobacco season is a particularly high-risk time for students in Uganda. Hundreds of students quit school for the harvest, often joining their families to work in tobacco growing. Their reduced school attendance jeopardizes their educational and learning attainments and increases the risk that they will permanently drop out. It puts their future at stake.
- 25% of children in Uganda ages 5 to 17 are engaged in child labour.
- 51% of these children are doing work that exposes them to health hazards, including handling pesticides, carrying heavy loads, and using adult tools that can be dangerous for them.
- The highest percentage of child labourers—34%—are under age 12.
Agnes Sumbo was one of these statistics. Then, she participated in technical training at the Kyema Vocational Training Institute built by the ECLT Foundation. As a national government institution, Kyema Vocational has helped more than 500 young adults prepare for decent work opportunities in sewing, construction, carpentry, and bricklaying.
Agnes’s new sewing skills allowed her to step in as the only tailor in her village. The demand for her services continues to grow, and so do her odds of having a rewarding, positive future. In Uganda, young people like Agnes are learning again, and getting their options back.
Learn more about all of our projects in this country:
- Realizing Livelihoods Improvement through Savings and Education (REALISE), 2013–2016
- Community Empowerment for Elimination of Child Labour in Tobacco (COMEECA), 2010–2012
- Elimination of Child Labour in Tobacco Growing in Uganda (ECLATU) (Transitional phase), 2008–2009
- Elimination of Child Labour in Tobacco Growing in Uganda (ECLATU), 2006–2008
- Elimination of Child Labour in Tobacco Growing in Uganda (ECLATU), 2004–2006
- Community committees have been trained about child labour and how to identify vulnerable children.
- 5,600 child labours have been provided a quality education.
- 14 extra-curricular school clubs are raising awareness of child labour.
- Project advisory committees are steering an action programme to end child labour.
- We’ve helped form 600 Village Savings and Loan Association reaching 18,000 caregivers.
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