UK-based charity Teach A Man To Fish has announced Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT) Uganda as one of 25 African leaders in enterprise education.
In a field of over 400 applicant organisations from around the continent, Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT) Uganda has made the Shortlist of the Pan-African Awards for Entrepreneurship in Education 2016. The Awards exist as a way to celebrate leading organisations addressing a specific problem through innovation, sustainability and entrepreneurship. According to the United Nations Department of Social and Economic Affairs whilst populations across the world are stabilizing in size both Africa and Asia are in the midst of substantial changes in size of their youth populations. By 2030 it is predicted that the number of youth in Africa will have increased by 42%. According to the same report many of these countries experiencing rapid growth amongst their youth are at risk of ever increasing youth unemployment. It is against this backdrop and with empowering young people to be agents of progress and entrepreneurship in mind that the Pan-African Awards for Entrepreneurship in Education exists.
The aims of the Awards also include changing the attitudes of young people so that they begin to leave the education system as the job creators of the future rather than job seekers.
"We are delighted to announce these incredible organisations operating in Africa who are fostering a culture of entrepreneurship among young people. It is important that young people learn early on that they have the power to be leaders in business and job creators of the 21st Century.” – Nik Kafka, CEO of Teach A Man To Fish
About DOT Uganda
DOT Uganda uses a unique youth-led model to empower people living in communities that are developing, in transition, or under stress with the confidence to use technology for entrepreneurial, community, educational, and personal development. DOT Uganda has played a key role in empowering young people as leaders within their communities, embracing ICT and entrepreneurship as a means of overcoming high unemployment rates.
Our methodology is deeply rooted in the peer-to-peer model, where fresh university/college graduates (DOT Interns) are trained as trainers who then empower women and youth in their communities with the skills and attitudes required to create sustainable livelihoods.
For more information visit: https://uganda.dotrust.org/
“DOT is a network of young people leading change and creating work for themselves as well as others through skilful and innovative enterprise development. We are greatly honoured to have been recognised as such.” --- Natalie Kimbugwe, Country Program Manager DOT Uganda.
DOT Uganda is leading the way in Africa with an innovative and sustainable approach to education.
Country Program Manager
About Teach A Man To Fish
Teach A Man To Fish aims to eradicate poverty by providing good quality, low-cost, relevant education to young people in developing countries. We support schools to establish school-based enterprises - from eggs to grain storage, crafts to a hotel. These enterprises serve both as learning platforms, and as income-generating activities for the school, as students work on the businesses alongside their academic education. In this way, students learn valuable business and entrepreneurial skills and the school has the ability to raise additional funds in a sustainable way. The student’s involvement in the businesses makes their education more relevant to the workplace and means graduates leave school better prepared to succeed in work, in further education and in life.
For more information visit www.teachamantofish.org.uk