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Youth Entrepreneurship ClassThe Youth Entrepreneurship Program trains Ugandan youth on the many facets of agricultural entrepreneurship. Gaining practical skills in crop and livestock management, marketing and leadership, participants grow towards self-reliance and an enterprising adulthood.

CSRL Impacts in 2018:

  • The first-ever Youth Institute held in the newly opened Mpirigiti Rural Training Centre
  • 50 students and teachers from eight schools researching, discussing, and networking
  • Improved collaboration among participating schools
  • Increased mentoring opportunities
  • Training in crop and livestock

Creating Ag Entrepreneurs...

The Youth Entrepreneurship Program trains Ugandan youth to be agricultural entrepreneurs. Gaining practical skills in crop and livestock management, marketing and leadership, participants become more self-reliant, which sets the stage for future economic opportunities.

The purpose of the 2018 Youth Institute was to focus that mission both inward and outward: improving collaboration with participating schools by inviting them to research and present perspectives on four challenges in the district.

Eight schools from subcounties of Namasagali, Butansi and the Kamuli Municipality were selected to participate. Each school prepared its students to discuss four topics: the role of cooperatives in agricultural development; how to grow agribusiness beyond local communities; information and communications technology in agriculture decision-making; and how to grow from subsistence to commercial farming.

Youth Entrepreneurship GroupBefore the Youth Institute, two mentoring sessions were held at each of the schools, with each session averaging 20 students. Students were instructed on how to conduct online research, how to use relevant case studies to discuss a topic and how to make a visual presentation.

In July 2018, 50 students and teachers attended the first Youth Institute at the new Mpirigiti Rural Training Centre. They took part in interpersonal reflection sessions, bonding, open discussions and inspirational story-telling. Twenty-four students from ISU and Makerere served as mentors to the schools during the event. The local students’ presentations were observed and scored, and awards were made at the end of the day. The day concluded with a soccer match between the schools and their ISU-UP mentors.

The effects of the Institute continue to be felt even after the last goal was scored. Participating schools requested continued collaboration and extended mentoring, and are eager to participate in future events.

“It made me realize our impact goes beyond the communities in which we work,” said Dorothy Masinde, associate director of CSRL.

Photo Credit: Brian Nonnecke

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