Constructing the bike repair workshop

Ride 4 Woman- Ruhanga
Ride 4 Woman- Ruhanga

There are some worrying statistics about job prospects for young people in Africa. Here are some from the latest report on jobs by the European Centre for Development Policy Management

    1. Unemployment in Sub Saharan Africa is 7.6%
    2. Youth unemployment in SSA is 11.7%
    3. Half of the unemployed youth in african countries are young women
    4. Africa’s education system needs to be overhauled as there is a mismatch between the skills gap and what is being taught in African schools
    5. 10-12 million youth enter the job market in african countries each year
    6. Africa’s young will double from today’s 200 million to 400 million in 2045
    7. 40 million young people in African countries are estimated to be in poor employment or unemployment
    8. within the next ten years 130 million young people will be leaving the education system and looking for jobs
    9. 80% of job seekers find themselves in informal employment, self employment and or family employment
    10. in 2011 82% of African workers were classified by the ILO as working poor

 

Ride 4 a Woman- Ruhanga SW Uganda
Girls in rural areas are especially vulnerable to unemployment and it is for that reason that we are doing whatever we can to ensure that when girls leave our school in Ruhanga, they will also take with them skills that they can use in the jobs market. The first of those initiatives sees girls learning how to repair bikes. A few days ago work started on the construction of a permanent workshop that will serve as vocational centre for other skills including sewing, hairdressing, car mechanics.

Most importantly we cannot do this without your help so please get in touch if you can help with any our plans

 

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