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Museveni launches initiative on skilling the girl child

A girl showing what she can do with a sowing machine yesterday. PHOTOS PPU

Kampala, Uganda | PPU |  President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has launched “The presidential initiative on skilling the girl child” at the Northern Wing of Wandegeya market outside Kampala.

The Presidential Initiative on Skilling The girl child, aims to reduce on the unemployment rates by offering  girls extra skills in baking, tailoring, weaving, shoe-making and hair-dressing.

Under this initiative, 700 young women are currently enrolled for training at the two centers in Kampala at Wandegeya and Crested Towers.

Speaking at the launch on Friday, President Museveni said that after ensuring peace and stability in the nation, it is now possible to start such initiatives and that these are what Uganda needs to attain Middle Income Development goals.

Museveni hailed the initiative as one that will help the girl child create wealth and also help uplift others by creating jobs when their businesses expand.

Girls showing their baking skills

Addressing himself to elected leaders in Kampala district in particular and the country at large, Museveni urged them to help develop their communities

“These elected leaders have the task to stir development and wealth creation of their respective areas of service.”

In addition to training and equipping girls in Kampala, the project will help the young women to start up small businesses which can later grow to employ others. It will be spread in all Kampala’s Divisions.

This initiative has been hailed as one that has the potential of eliminating the  importation of second hand clothes since the trained girls will be able to make clothes in the long run. This will also provide market for raw materials like cotton from Kasese.

“We also plan to increase the number of these centres to cover all the divisions of Kampala to reduce on transport cost for the girls and also provide tools and capital to all those who will have completed the training successfully,” revealed Museveni.


  1. Omokonapa Martin Armstrong

    Alelibanya Orphans Nationwide (ALONE) is a not-for-profit organisation located in Bala sub county, Kole District- Northern Uganda. it was founded in 2004 with aims centred towards assisting the vulnerable children in Northern Uganda, especially the girl child. As an organiration concern with building the future of youth, we whole heartly welcome the president’s initiatives of skilling the girl child. I am therefore appealing to the president to consider this organisation to skill the girl child in this region. Your positive consideration will be highly appreaciated. Yrs. Omokonapa Martin Armstrong DIRECTOR

  2. How can one get into the system,we have so many women group in makindye Dvision such as NAMUWONGO OMEN DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE(NAWODI) and KASANGA WOMEN DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE with over 120 members organize and has been looking for such opportunity

    Am therefore requesting the president of uganda to kindly support me in puting my skills institute in place
    called African youth skills training and job creation institute.

  4. Abala David Founder of FOVC Uganda

    Greetings from Northern Uganda
    i would like to find out how our Project of FOVC Uganda Community Based Life skill Training to child mothers, youths, war affected Victim Commercial Sex workers and Oprhasn care takers training progam can also be supported by Presidential Initiative in skilling girl child FOVC Uganda has trained over 1000 Vulnerbale communities in NOrthern Uganda since 2015 to date and we lack more tools and finical support to help expand our brnaches in all Acholi sub-region. In Gulu our Training ground is at GUSCO , in Lamwo we are in Lokung and in Omoro we are in Koro Kal and Koc Ongako and in NWoay we are in Anaka Twon Council.

    FOVC Uganda is training Vulnerable communities in NOrthern Uganda on
    Cake Making
    Liquid soap Making
    Phone repairs
    and Pending techniques

    Thanks. Abala David. Executive Director FOVC Uganda Foundation a registered and charitable NGO in Northern Uganda.

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