Fort Portal legacy center shall be established in Fort Portal City. It will be a big complex hosting offices, Library, TV and Radio Studio, Clinic/Wellness Center and youth recreation facilities.

Uganda has one of the youngest and fastest growing populations worldwide, with about half of the people being under the age of 15. As a result, the nation faces the challenge of meeting the needs of its youth – many of whom reside in rural areas and have limited education, skills, and work opportunities. According to the latest census, youth constitute 80% of the country´s unemployed. Many youth are engaged in activities that are low-skill, low-earning, low-productivity, and low-value-added.

About 85% of the labour is in rural areas, a notable percentage of the labour force is illiterate
(30 percent). Close to 77% of the labour force had either no education or had attained primary
education. In addition, about 75% of the labour force is below 40 years.

At least 41 percent of youth, which represents 9.3 million aged between 18 and 30 years are not engaged in any productive activity, according to findings contained in the Uganda National Labour Force Survey.  The Uganda National Labour Force Survey, conducted for the period ended 2021 also found that unemployment had increased to 12 percent from 9 percent in the 2019/20 Uganda National Household Survey.

Generally, the high youth unemployment rate in Uganda and Africa at large can be attributed to the
slow economic growth and small formal labour markets, high population growth rate, lack of sufficient experience and skills, lack of decent work, the rigid education system, rural-urban migration, limited social networks, youth’s limited access to capital support systems et cetera

Fort Portal Legacy Center will be an information and business stop center for youth in the Tooro region. It will also be a modern skilling and research center in the region where youth will be trained in various skills such as ICT, sports and other vocation skills. The center will also generate knowledge through research, store it in a modern library and  create supportive systems where youth will utilize this knowledge to provide solutions to their own problems and the problems of Tooro region.

For sustainability, the center will have a radio station, TV station, a recreation center and a mini Museum which will offer both commercial and development services. Money generated from these services will be used sustain the center.

 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Post comment