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Negative mindset fuels youth unemployment crisis – says Minister Mateke


Hon. Sarah Nyirabashitsi Mateke, Minister of State for Youth and Children in the Ministry of Gender, Labor and Social Development, revealed that the continued existence of a negative mindset among the majority of young people has fueled the unemployment crisis among them.

Mateke expressed concern that to date most young people, especially university graduates, sit still and wait for white-colored jobs instead of venturing into income-generating activities that can help out of poverty.

“For example, we have the upcoming Parish Development Model (PDM); I was talking to educated young people to embrace it, but they told me openly and shamelessly that activities like farming are doomed,” she said.

Mateke made the remarks during the launch of the Standard Chartered Bank and Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) one billion shilling program for youth empowerment, entrepreneurship and decent employment at the Kampala Serena Hotel on Thursday from this week.

The minister called on young people to embrace the PDM, where the money is with the parish.

“I tell young people to change your mind and know that whatever money you get is for you to improve your life and we are strict that people who have taken YLP funds will not benefit from the PDM, we will not continue to see people taking government money and not paying back at the expense of others,” she said

Under the youth empowerment program launched, Standard Chartered Bank has supported VSOs with 1.05 billion shillings which will help train and empower 500 youths in Kampala and Wakiso districts.

William Mugerwa, the national director of the VSOs said that 5% of these people will be people living with disabilities (PWD)

The youths, he said, will be trained in practical sectors like agriculture, tailoring, welding, among others.

“100 of those young people are going to get skills interventions because we know there are so many graduates out there who don’t have a particular skill that they can use to start a business, so we will train them. . For the 400, we will help them start their business and be part of their journey by empowering them to grow their businesses,” he said.

“We are also going to show them opportunities that they can take because it is very easy to start a business but there are basic needs that you have to have; for example, when we train you in welding, we normally give out starter kits,” he added.

Speaking at the ceremony, Albert Salton, CEO of Stanbic Bank, said the bank will continue to support programs aimed at uplifting young people in all areas of agriculture, education, health, among others.

“We will continue to provide innovative and sustainable financial solutions to our people and also support all programs that uplift them,” he said.