By Sarah Namulondo
The US Mission has launched the Ugandan Chapter of generation change at Hotel Africana with 20 youths already participating in it.
The US Ambassador Scott H. DeLisi at the launch said that the project launch will be followed by a two-days training on collaboration, networking, presentation skills, team building activities and mission statement definition.
The US Ambassador then formally handed over the tools of power to Ahmed Hadji, team leader of the African Youth Development Link and the Ugandan Muslim Youth Development Forum, who he said they had been closely working together to see to it that they organize the training and launch of the project throughout the Country.
He said that generation change Uganda is an element of the U.S. Mission in Uganda for the comprehensive youth outreach initiative. The Ambassador said that this global network will be geared toward identifying and empowering young change-makers in Muslim and inter-faith communities to collaborate with their peers on community-based service projects which will help them build bridges between people of different backgrounds and faiths across the globe.
He said that the youths participating in the project were selected from diverse backgrounds, like health, media, and law-related organizations, as well as groups that promote inter-faith dialogue and religious tolerance to create a balance among all the youth.
The Ambassador said that the initiative started way back in 2010 in the US by the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with a sole mission of investing in the future generations to create long-term relationships with the best and brightest youth in the world.
He added that the U.S. Mission is committed to working with its partners to empower Ugandan youth, in line with the Government of Uganda’s National Youth Strategy, and strives to promote youth issues in all of its programming.