Educated in village vs urban

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… Continue reading Educated in village vs urban

Lazy ‘money-minded’ youth

Some youth these days are living a disorderly and an idle way. In a way that some youth don't want to do work that takes long for them to earn money. For example, they only know "hand to month," but digging or doing other economic activities are hard. You find someone selling land to buy… Continue reading Lazy ‘money-minded’ youth

You can begin from nowhere but you succeed in life

Well, I know many graduates float without work (they are not in formal employment). I am a person who uses boda boda (motorcycle or bicycle taxi) cyclist for my transport and I always chat with many of them. One of them told me that: “You see, I did a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at… Continue reading You can begin from nowhere but you succeed in life

Video: There are no jobs, but a lot of work youths can do

Reacting to Robert Oluka’s video in which he shared his observations of the "futility of youth hope and aspirations when they join higher institutions of learning," a follower of our CPAR Uganda Facebook Page, “Healthy Dignified Lives”, Okello Ambrose Bob, a teacher, aptly asserted: “there are actually no jobs but a lot of work which… Continue reading Video: There are no jobs, but a lot of work youths can do

Video: Dr. Ocen on Employment

Employment, under-employment and unemployment, according to Dr. Laury Lawrence Ocen the Co-Investigator on the “Challenging Categories: Educated Unemployed Youths as Institutional Innovators in Rural Uganda” Research Project, are frequently defined by the expectations of those that sponsor candidates through education (parents, government, etc.) and to a lesser extent the candidates themselves. Dr. Laury Lawrence Ocen… Continue reading Video: Dr. Ocen on Employment

Video – Dr. Laury Ocen on useful and useless knowledge

Families. Communities and Government invest a lot in training youths through formal education with the perceived end that they will become active contributors in community and family development. Dr. Laury Lawrence Ocen giving a presentation at the first team workshop of our Challenging Categories Research Project. The reality is that this investment, however sustained, is… Continue reading Video – Dr. Laury Ocen on useful and useless knowledge

Mass exploitation of youth who are categorized “unemployed”

Most people in Uganda, even our parents inclusive, only think having a salaried job is the only relevant thing to have after finishing school.  I give myself as an example. After school, I used to help my dad with legal advice for making decisions in his company, but I wasn’t even appreciated. He could ask… Continue reading Mass exploitation of youth who are categorized “unemployed”

Dr. Ben Jones on the need for a new vocabulary to describe Ugandan youth

There is a particular way in which people talk about young people in Uganda. There is a way they talk about people who don’t have work; and who might not have a salaried job. There is a very standard way, I think, in which often policy-makers, government officials, but also people in civil society, the… Continue reading Dr. Ben Jones on the need for a new vocabulary to describe Ugandan youth

A Job Seeker’s Diary Entry on Sunday, 30th May

Today I feel a bit dizzy and tired, maybe because of the previous fun-filled Saturday. I woke up very early, to prepare for my 9 o’clock service at St. Francis. The preacher continues his series on the topic: “the fear of the lord” and today he tackles the subject of “the meaning of success”. He… Continue reading A Job Seeker’s Diary Entry on Sunday, 30th May

A Job Seeker’s Diary on Saturday, 29th May

It’s an outing for the members of my former Christian Fellowship, which is taking its freshers to the beach for fun as a welcome gesture. The fee is shs 6,000 and I want to go but do not have it. After talking to “papa” (the fellowship leader), I am allowed to go.Mr. Bernard Sabiti I… Continue reading A Job Seeker’s Diary on Saturday, 29th May