The Rotary District 9213 recognizes the gender imbalance created by past affirmative action initiatives that unintentionally marginalized the boy-child in Uganda. To address this issue and provide equal opportunities, the district proposes the "Boy Child" project. This project aims to empower young people, with a particular focus on young males, by providing vocational skills training in plumbing, iron works, precision welding, and health and safety. The project will collaborate with Canadian firm Solid Rock, which has expertise in training for these trades, and partner with various technical institutes in
II. Youth Unemployment:
Youth employment and unemployment remain pressing challenges in Uganda, significantly
impacting the nation's future workforce and economic stability. In 2021, the youth
unemployment rate in Uganda was approximately 13.3%, with young men facing a
disproportionately higher unemployment rate of around 14.8% compared to young women, whose rate was approximately 12.1% (World Bank). This disparity can be attributed to various factors, including gender biases in hiring practices and societal expectations that often steer young men towards industries with fewer employment opportunities. Additionally, limited access to quality education and vocational training further exacerbates the issue, leaving many boys without the necessary skills to secure stable employment. Addressing this imbalance is crucial to ensuring equal opportunities for both genders and fostering sustainable economic growth that benefits all members of Ugandan society. Efforts to reduce youth unemployment and provide inclusive education and training programs are essential steps toward creating a more equitable future for the next generation.
III. Project Objectives:
a) Bridge the gender gap by empowering young males through vocational training and
equal access to opportunities. b) Address the school dropout rates among young
people, reducing their vulnerability to unemployment and engagement in illicit
activities. c) Prepare beneficiaries for employment opportunities in Uganda's growing
oil and gas industry. d) Facilitate international Certification
IV. Proposed Activities:
PHASE I (CURRENT GRANT APPLICATION)
a) Popularization of the project and mobilization of Rotary Clubs in D9213 to collaborate
in putting together a District driven grant application.
b) Collaboration with Solid Rock Life & Business to design and oversee the implementation
of a comprehensive vocational training program in plumbing, iron works, precision
welding, and health and safety.
c) Vocational Training: Train young people, both males and females, in collaboration with
technical institutes accredited by the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE)
and the Directorate of Industrial Training (DIT). The training will equip them with the
necessary skills and certifications to pursue employment opportunities.
PHASE II (FOLLOW ON GRANT)
d) Advanced Training and Internships: Provide advanced training to exceptional students,
enabling them to acquire international certifications in their respective trades.
Facilitate internships at the Uganda Industrial Research Institute to enhance practical
skills and readiness for the job market.
e) Job Placements: Utilize Rotary's extensive networks to facilitate job placements within
the oil and gas industry and other relevant sectors. Establish MoUs with various
industry players to support the training and placement of top-performing trainees in
companies locally and abroad.
V. Impact and Sustainability:
Skill Development and Employability: By providing industry-specific training and
certifications, the project will enhance the employability of the beneficiaries, particularly in Uganda's emerging industrial sector.
Skilling for Equal Opportunities Project will address the neglected needs of young males
while promoting gender equality. By providing vocational training, international
certifications, and job placement support, the project will empower young people to access
sustainable employment opportunities, contribute to the oil and gas sector's growth, and
establish a foundation for their future success.
VI. Project Location
The project will draw beneficiary youth from across the country working with participating
clubs to identify eligible candidates. The training will take place through nationally accredited vocational training institutes with some trades being handled centrally by the Service Provider Solid Rock.
VII. Training Execution Plan
Technical training courses to the targeted beneficiaries in the following areas; Welding,
electrical installation, Electrical Maintenance, Pipe Fitting, Rigging/Lifting, Scaffolding,
plumbing - 50 beneficiaries will be targeted for each trade while Health and Safety will be
cross cutting for all.
III. PROPOSED TRAINING SCHEDULE/COSTING
1. Welding (50 trainees) - At least 160 class hours（one class hour 45 minutes，the
whole day of training is calculated as 8 class hours）US$ 22,500
2. Electrical Installation (50 trainees) - At least 160 class hours（one class hour 45 minutes，the whole day of training is calculated as 8 class hours) US$ 12,500
3. Electrical Maintenance (50 trainees) - At least 160 class hours（one class hour 45 minutes，the whole day of training is calculated as 8 class hours）US$ 12,500
4. Pipe Fitting (50 trainees) - At least 160 class hours（one class hour 45 minutes，
the whole day of training is calculated as 8 class hours）US$ 12,500
5.Rigging/Lifting (50 trainees) - At least 80 class hours（one class hour 45 minutes，the
whole day of training is calculated as 8 class hours）US$ 7,500
6.Scaffolding (50 trainees) - At least 80 class hours（one class hour 45 minutes，the
whole day of training is calculated as 8 class hours）US$ 6,500
7. HSE/Foundation (300 trainees) - At least 8 class hours（one class hour 45 minutes，the
whole day of training is calculated as 8 class hours）US$ 18,000
8. Project Management, Monitoring and Evaluation US$ 7,000
TOTAL US$ 99,000
IX. Budget and Timeline: The "Equal Opportunities" project has a budget of $99,000 to
be implemented over a two-year period. This funding will cover initially cover
vocational training, program coordination, and monitoring and evaluation activities.
X. Funding Model: The three lead clubs will each contribute USD 5,000, 10 participating
clubs will each contribute USD 1,500, DDF from D9213 USD 15,000, World Fund USD
12,000, and International Partner Clubs USD 42,000 TOTAL USD 99,000.
XI. Implementing Partners:
1. Participating Rotary Clubs
2. Ministry of Gender Labour and Social Development
3. Ministry of Education and Sports (BTVET)
XII. Grant Applicants
This application is made by the following clubs:
1. Kampala-Maisha (Satish Guna Tel. +256 751 755204 e-mail Satish.firstname.lastname@example.org)
2. Kampala Ssese Islands (Nelson Kabwama Tel. +256 774 130341 e-mail email@example.com)
3. Kampala Kololo (Sam Farouk Mukasa Kajubi Tel. +256 752 420147 e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org