Advancing Technical Courses for Disadvantaged Women in Uganda with Adobe
Over 60% of the population in Uganda is below the age of 30, and 74% of Ugandans between the ages of 15-25 are unemployed. The majority of them are young women who have either dropped out of school or did not acquire quality education due to poverty. Even if they are able to attend school, the education offered by public schools does not offer digital skills education to enable learners to benefit from the global shift towards technological jobs.
For the last 5 years, Women In Technology Uganda (WITU) has trained and impacted over 3,500 underprivileged young women in Uganda. WITU’s mission is to support young women and girls to become innovative technologists and entrepreneurs. WITU empowers young women by training them in technology, entrepreneurship, and leadership skills to enable them to find gainful employment or start their own business.
In 2019, Team4Tech supported WITU in launching Uganda’s first community makerspace for underserved communities around Kampala and its outskirts. Returning in 2020, the T4T team of Adobe volunteers will:
- Provide training on graphic design as local graphic designers are desperately needed in Uganda
- Advance WITU’s video editing skills – the previous Team4Tech team provided training on Adobe Premiere to help girls learn how to create videos to market their products. The 2020 team of volunteers will teach more advanced courses on Adobe Premiere