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Training exercise – are educated people idle?

In village settings, those who have attained a certain level of education are always seen as being organized in the way that they participate in doing most of community activities. And they can voluntarily take lead or else they are appointed in taking lead.

For example, they are always given a role to be secretaries in clan meetings, group meetings and also you find that they are always having plans and trying to do something, at least farming, for example. They look at life in a different way compared to those who have not gone to school.

These educated village people are always idle after doing farming. Many of them go to trading centres to kill time, since, they do not have what to do next after doing garden work.

Looking at the urban setting, although some of the educated persons in the Urban setting are trying to have something to do, but there are some who are totally idle. For example, in one of the districts of Teso, there is some rock where young people come to pass time. From there they Play cards and also smoke weed.  

To my surprise. I realized that most of those people who come to pass time at the rock are educated people and some of them are graduates, who are totally idle. So, my conclusion, yes, some educated persons are organized and are not idle; but there are others who are totally idle, most especially those in urban settings.


This opinion is by Oluka Robert, a graduate of “Module I: Understanding Poverty in Rural Uganda” of the CPAR Uganda “Mentoring Young Adults into Innovators Against Poverty in Rural Uganda” project. Oluka expressed his opinion in reaction to the assertion: “People who have tested education have a certain way in which they have an organised mind,”  by the Chairman of Oledai Village in Ngora District, as published in the blog post, “Unemployed youth,” on the Challenging Categories website. Oluka graduated in 2015 with a Bachelors Degree in Development Studies from Ndejje University. He hails from Kalaki District in Kumam Sub-Region in North-Eastern Uganda.

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