Education offers opportunities
to smart women
Esther was 15 years old when her mother died. She had to quit school and had to work in a hotel in order to supply herself and her siblings. In the hotel she was forced to do unpaid overtime work and prostitute herself. Last year Esther heard of Somero and joined the association, because she was desperately searching for help. She completed a seven-month computer course at the Somero Center. The staff helped her to come to terms with her past. Esther has become a positive, self-confident woman. After the course Somero employees procured her an internship at an office. Her computer skills are highly demanded and she eventually was employed as a secretary in the office. Now she can cover her younger sister's tuition fees.
Educational opportunities for women
Continuing to offer vocational training for women
After around 12 months
Number of women who successfully complete the training program after 7 months
After around 3 years
Number of women to find a job after the professional qualification phase
After around 7 years
Young women in Kampala lead an independent life without poverty and prostitution Employers to hire skilled workers. The result is a professional network
At the heart of the problem lies the lack of opportunities and the financial dependency of many young women in urban areas in Africa. The Ugandan education system is caracterized by high drop-out rates. Only fifty percent of male adolescents (UNICEF 2010) and only a third of the girls achieve graduation. Since 2000 female completion rates have even declined (United Nations Girls Education Initiative 2012). The reasons for the higher drop-out rates of girls are in many cases arranged marriages and adolescence pregnancies (UNGEI 2012). The completion of secondary schools is virtually impossible for girls from poor economic backgrounds, as tuition fees are high for secondary education in Uganda and school expulsions of pregnant girls are a common practice. Due to the lack of qualification and training, young women often have no chances to get a real job. Given that girls from poor families cannot expect any financial support from their parents, they usually have to rely on male support in the townships. Moreover, sixty percent of young women are victims of physical violence (State of Uganda Population Report 2011). At the same time many people consider marital violence as legitimate. This mixture of gender inequality, lack of professional alternatives and inadequate sex education results many times in teenage pregnancies.
The good deed
Education and training are key to a self-determined and independent life for young women in Africa. However, in order to create real prospects of formal education, individual counseling is needed, which supports girls in their projects. The training at the Somero Center provides a good environment for participants to acquire the necessary professional skills, such as language, numeracy and computer skills, and can be advised individually in the Somero Center. The team arranges internships and organizes site visits at potential employers.Through today's good deed one day of participation in the training for a girl in Uganda will be financed.
The particular challenge for the NGO is to offer not only courses and seminars, but also to give the girls advice and support to develop their strength and self-confidence after years of dependency. Basically, this means encouraging the girls to see themselves as active and idependent members of society.
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Winston Churchill once called Uganda the Pearl of Africa. In addition to the greatest biodiversity in Africa, the country was ruled by Idi Amin, one of the cruelest dictators of the 20th Century.
About the organization and further information
Supported by the commitment price of the Alumni Association of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung e. V. Meets the transparency criteria of the Initiative Transparent Civil Society in Germany