President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has pledged to provide start-up capital to the beneficiaries of the Presidential Initiative on Skilling the Girl and Boy Child (PISGBC) project. Speaking at the 4th graduation ceremony of 16,797 PISGBC beneficiaries at Kololo Independence Grounds, the President assured the graduates of his support.
In 2017, President Museveni initiated this project to empower underprivileged youth in Kampala through skill development. Since then, 35,728 students have enrolled in the program. However, the President emphasized that government support would be channeled through group efforts rather than individual assistance.
Furthermore, President Museveni announced plans to expand the program by including additional skill disciplines like ceramic making and paper production.
The President shared his vision for the skilling program, aiming to enable young people to create income by satisfying essential human needs such as shelter and clothing, thus reducing the reliance on imports.
Additionally, President Museveni warned against obstacles to universal education, highlighting that some school head teachers have been charging students for free education, promising to address such issues.
First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports, Maama Janet Museveni, expressed gratitude to President Museveni for his commitment to improving the livelihoods of young people through skill development.
The Minister also encouraged graduates to embrace digital technology and maintain exemplary conduct in their entrepreneurial pursuits. She acknowledged the State House Comptroller and other stakeholders for their role in the project’s success.
Hajjat Minsa Kabanda, Minister of Kampala and Metropolitan Affairs, credited the project with reducing crime rates in Kampala and revealed plans for land allocation for skill development.
State House Comptroller, Ms. Jane Barekye, praised President Museveni’s initiative for alleviating poverty among youth. She emphasized the transparent recruitment process and the positive impact on unemployment.
Dr. Faith Katana Mirembe, Special Presidential Assistant on Education and Skilling and Project Head, expressed commitment to the President’s goal of promoting value addition to Ugandan raw materials.
The program offers free six-month training in various skills such as carpentry, tailoring, plumbing, and electronics, with students receiving certificates from the Directorate of Industrial Training (DIT) upon completion.
Currently, the program operates in nine centers across Kampala’s five divisions, with plans for expansion.
The event also saw the attendance of several dignitaries, including the Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Thomas Tayebwa, Presidency Minister Hon. Babirye Milly Babalanda, and other government officials.