MTN Uganda has today visited Ngabo Academy of Science and Vocational Studies in Mbarara and boosted its ICT curriculum with a Ugx 50 million donation of 10 computers fully connected to the internet for a period of 3 years.
In an event presided over by the MTN Uganda General Manager of Corporate Services Anthony Katamba, the special activity involved MTN Uganda staff sharing the Y’ello spirit of under the 21 Days of Y’ello Care by sowing seeds of change, empowerment and brightening of lives within communities they work in.
The regional visit to the West was part of this year’s focus which is on one of the most critical issues affecting countries across the globe – Youth Empowerment – under the theme ‘Creating a Brighter Future’.
Mr. Katamba said that the theme was targeted at undertaking initiatives that will aim at managing the unemployment problem amongst the youth.
“MTN is committed to making the lives of people brighter by providing quality communication and a country wide network that helps in improving communication and ensuring that people access the internet. However, there are other problems in society such as the youth unemployment which we aim to work with the government to solve”, he said.
Uganda is the second youngest population in the world with 78 percent of the population below 30 years, second to Niger’s 83 percent (UNDP, 2016). Further, sections of the youth who are qualified from tertiary institutions have difficulty transiting into the labour market. The situation is worse for youths that are semi-skilled or unskilled.
Mr. Ngabirano Agricol, the Headmaster of Ngabo Academy was elated. “MTN has once again proved that indeed it is a network of the people. We thank you for your kind donation which will go a long way in ensuring that we maintain the momentum of uninterrupted training activities that will in turn boost ICT learning” he said.
The Mbarara District Inspector of Schools Mr. Ntale Denis, who was the Guest of Honour warned the youth against engaging in indiscipline and vices such as alcoholism, promiscuity and drug abuse, saying that it curtails their promise of a bright future. He hailed MTN for being a reliable development partner especially in education.
“Education is an investment in our people and not for profit. We commend the services of Ngabo Academy in skilling our youngsters at a very minimal fee. The greatest resource for this nation is not oil by the way, it our youth. Do not waste your youth,” Mr. Ntale added.
Already, a number of activities have been carried out by the MTN teams with youth enterprises in Kampala’s divisions of Kyebando, Kawempe, Makindye and Nakawa including engagements with the KCCA Gender & Community Services Directorate and Makerere Business School Entrepreneurship Center where 5 youth community enterprises will be selected for training and mentorship.
The telecommunication company has also donated to Busolwe Hospital in Butaleja district and has plans to spread its Y’ello Care to Masaka and Gulu districts among others, in the coming weeks of its 21 Days of Y’ello Care CSR programme in June.