Life Skills moves away from the idea of traditional scholarship support by focusing on an incentive-based system that allows students to “earn” an enterprise livestock project and educational stipend through participation, attendance, and engagement.
Students who complete this program receive the necessary tools to begin a personal savings plan, demonstrate increased business knowledge, pass-on a livestock project to a future student, and self-fund at least 50% of their education within one-and-a-half years of the project’s implementation.
55% of our secondary school students require an educational scholarship in order to stay in school.
While major improvements have been made, Uganda struggles to create accessible, quality opportunities for students. They face a lack of school infrastructure, high student to teacher ratios, and teacher absenteeism. School dropout rates remain high while achievement rates remain low.
In an area where unemployment is an alarming 90%, survival largely depends on subsistence farming, and educational access is limited (just 3% have education beyond the secondary school level), IYHA provides Ugandan youth with a path forward – breaking the persistent cycle of poverty – and does so in a way that also actively serves the wider community.