How is this project important to the participating institutions

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Makerere University (Mak)

Outreach is one of the strategic goals and objectives of Makerere University founded on its Vision and Mission for the Next Ten years. They are premised on the university’s core functions of teaching, learning, researching, innovation, knowledge transfer partnership and networking these are popularly known as outreach. 

This project provides Mak, particularly the SoDLL with two opportunities of collaborating with a young and dynamic Mountain of the Moon University and to consolidate its knowledge on how to address the problem of youth employability through training in literacy, entrepreneurship, and employability skills. This will be of mutual benefits to the community (especially the non-literate and out of school youths) and the universities.  It’s this change that caused an upward revision of Makerere University thinking from outreach to knowledge transfer partnership.

MMU

MMU has identified training in entrepreneurship and micro-business development as a key areas for growth for the university. This focus is very much in line with the university’s mission of fostering economic growth in the region through job creation and increased productivity. The new focus on training for non-literate learners is also enabling MMU to widen its accessibility and thereby further its mission to be a community-responsive and community-serving university. The long-term goal is for MMU to establish a Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship offering a range of programmes with a heavy emphasis on hands-on training. This programme is laying a solid foundation on which that Centre can be established by developing the capacity of staff, creating the model enterprises which will form the backbone of the practical training component and establishing a strong relationship with experience in community work from Makerere University.

The project aligns well with the Ugandan Government’s efforts to tackle youth unemployment by simulating entrepreneurship and providing opportunities to engage in MSMEs (Micro, Small and Medium enterprises). E.g. see National Youth Policy (2001).

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