Ugandan youth to attend compulsory National Youth Service Program

  • Categories: News, Uganda
  • Posted: March 22, 2016
  • Author: linkmeUg

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The government of Uganda is setting aside 5BN SHS in the 2016/17 financial year to give Ugandan youth civic training, military and life skills in what the Ministry of Gender Labour and Social Development calls National Youth Service Program.

This program targets under graduate and graduate students as well as lower levels. It is aimed at:

  1. Addressing youth unemployment by providing a range of skills
  2. Self awareness
  • Commitment to the country and society

Graduate students will be equipped in:

  • Basic officers’ military course
  • Community service
  • Crime prevention
  • National leadership and guidance
  • District administration
  • Starting and managing careers
  • Advanced constitutionalism and rule of law
  • Social environment management
  • Advanced nutrition and public health

Award – post graduate certificate of National Service without which you will not access a job in the public or private sector.

Training for A-level leavers is for 6 months in:

  • Political education
  • Leadership at sub-county levels
  • Advanced agriculture and animal husbandry
  • Advance entrepreneurial and business skills
  • Hand crafts
  • Bricklaying
  • Building and road construction
  • Welding and metal fabrication
  • Carpentry
  • Advance nutrition and public health
  • Constitutionalism and rule of law

Uganda had a similar program for S.6 leavers in the 1990s which basically focused on military training and political education and in countries like Eritrea, Norway and China the program has been implemented over years.


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  • Talona Mandela

    How should civil societies get involved in the implementation of the national youth service scheme?