a Struggling Education System

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.

Life Skills

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. 

Program Need: 55% of our secondary school students require an educational scholarship in order to stay in school.

Vocational Education

IYHA identifies outstanding high school graduates, links them with partner vocational schools, and provides tuition support during their degree and internships, in which they apply their learnings and gain real-world experience. However, IYHA’s support extends well beyond the financial realm: to supplement students’ vocational education and ensure that CETP graduates are equipped with the full suite of skills required for success, IYHA provides additional support in the form of professional and personal development workshops on topics ranging from resume writing to goal setting and confidence-building. Moreover, IYHA closes the loop by facilitating post-graduation employment through one of two avenues: professional networking for job seekers and enterprise development for those wanting to start their own businesses.

Program Need:  The organization receives over 200 scholarship applications annually however it is only able to fund 6% of the total applications received.