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James Kassaga Årinaitwe
I am passionate about:
Youth empowerment and self reflective leadership. I see the challenges of sky high youth unemployment in East Africa as a symptom of a system historically devoid of foresighted leadership. TFU exists to address this challenge.
A little known fact about me is:
I am a survivor of a family of 7. I lost my entire family, 4 siblings and both my parents before my tenth birthday to HIV/AIDS, cancer, measles and other preventable diseases. I was raised by my grandmother on 1 acre piece of land, 2 cows and chicken
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"Uganda's youth education and livelihoods advocate"
I am an international development professional with 8 years of program management, policy writing, research, sales and advocacy experience. I've worked with social enterprises, international NGOs, government institutions, and public-private partnerships in East Africa, India and the U.S. I am committed to economic and social development for all through the creation of opportunities for access to quality education, healthcare leading to improved livelihoods and good quality of life for all.
Thank you all so much for your support and appreciating the opportunity that TFU will provide to our Ugandan youth. Your enthusiasm and well-wishes for this important and life-changing opportunity is inspiring and encouraging us to work even harder and smarter to ensure our youth and children have a fair shot at achieving their fullest potential.
Abaas and his team are some of the generation of Ugandans who are no longer going to let barriers define their future. They are tapping into their resource mobilization genius as young, passionate and solution-driven leaders to create the next generation of journalists in Uganda. And they are not stopping at that, they are working to create a radio, a tv station never heard of in Uganda for students to practice, engage with all kinds of media at really really low cost so they leave their universities with toolkits in their pockets to become incredible journalists, writers, film producers and artists and some join PR firms as confident leaders. Uganda needs more leaders like Abaas and his team. We at Teach For Uganda do collaborate with Abaas and we hope that soon after our communication fellows have a year to finish our program, Abaas and his team will be the mentors of our fellows who are looking to join careers in journalism, media, PR and media and film production. I recommend Abaas and his team highly for Amplify challenge and I know he will put every resource to multiply beyond and reach more students across the country.
Thanks for this great feedback. Teach For Uganda (TFU) Fellowship Program is the first of its kind in East and Central Africa and particularly in Uganda. The Teach For All model has been successful in 40 countries including those with similar social-political and geographical challenges with Uganda such as Haiti, Nepal, India, Bangladesh, Peru, and China as well as in OECD countries such as the US, Germany, UK , Australia and New Zealand to name a few. This model had never been attempted anywhere in Africa, until last year Ghanaian entrepreneur Daniel Dotse, a Cornell Alumni and his team broke the glass ceiling by launching it in Ghana partnering leading universities in Ghana such as Kwame Nkrumah University, Ashesi University and University of Ghana and the Ghanaian Education Service. His first cohort of 30 teaching fellow leaders are now impacting 1000s of students in the remote Volta region of Ghana. Teach For Uganda started our baby steps in 2015 by working to register the organization fully in Uganda as a non-profit enterprise by guarantee and have been able to garner authorization from the Ministry Of Education Sports and Enterprise (MoESTs) to pilot the program in two remote and poor regions of Luwero districts namely Kamira and Butuntumula sub-counties. The local government director, not only was he excited for this program but he has since joined our board of directors (see our board above & in program summary) to advise us on regional integration and government partnerships. The two regions have the characteristics that we seek in partnerships with government and the schools. a) The schools have poor performance on any national standards across the board b) Annually about 70% ( seven out ten) enrolled children drop out by the time the reach 8th grade ( primary seven) c) The schools have the highest student to teacher ratio of 70:1. d) Unexpectedly, we found that this region is also one of the refugee resettlement zone because of its large geographical size, the government has chosen this region to resettle refugees from South Sudan, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo and Somalia. Students in this region are a mixture of Ugandans as well as other East African ethnic groups. Hence our impact, when this program succeeds, our impact will have created a strong foundation of quality education, mentorship and leadership across East Africa.