Brighter futures for youths in Tanzania
Umoja provides vulnerable and disadvantaged youth with a brighter future. We select 40 of the most at risk, but highly motivated, young adults from the urban slums of Arusha and provide education, personal development and life skills training which enables them to find meaningful employment.
January 2015 - December 2015
Umoja has contributed to education and skills training for youths preparing them to enter the workforce. Yet poverty and poor education quality still presents the largest challenges for disenfranchised youth in Tanzania with less than 20% of school aged children going onto secondary school level. As a result unemployment stands at 40%, which in turn contributes to low awareness of rights and destructive behaviours such as crime and risky sexual behaviour.
Umoja has run a free holistic education and support programme for disadvantaged young people who have no other options. Our programme is divided into a four pronged curriculum including academics, sexual reproductive health, Life Skills and employability skills training. We want to interject new and exciting activities into these programmes to improve the quality of education that is being provided at the centre.
40 Youth are provided with ICT skills that advance them in career prospects
Activities» 40 hours of computer classes delivered monthly covering hardware, software and theory.
» Instruction in various MS Office software for usability.
» Responsible Internet usage with communication skills such as email, social media and other platforms.
Students are literate in computer skills.
Life skills training is delivered to empower and build self-confidence and resilience.
Activities» 32 hours of life skills training is offered monthly, covering personal development and goal setting, sexual reproductive health and careers guidance.
» Provision of psychosocial support for youth.
» Leadership training to support students to be mentors.
Students develop ambition to succeed and are able to demonstrate resilience to care for both their mental and physical health.
Leadership training to support students to be mentors.
Activities» Promotion of soft skills that equip students for the workforce, such as customer service, work ethics and team work.
» English training both written and spoken.
» Career guidance and job seeking skills, such as CV preparation and interview skills.
Students are able to find employment opportunities, apply for them and successfully get the job.
Our success has been demonstrated with a high pass rate for students who then go onto further education. We are currently supporting 52% of Umoja graduates in higher education (secondary schools, colleges and vocational training). Another 31% are currently employed; the remainder are job seekers or care givers. And 95% of students who have completed the Umoja programme have found employment.
Umoja has guaranteed funding from individual sponsors who support Umoja graduate students to continue in their further education. However we struggle yearly to fund our foundation year programme. With increased funding we would be able to provide better opportunities for our students and expand our curriculum to include better resources and vocational training.
This project is closely monitored by the Grants Manager and updates are regularly provided in our monthly newsletter, through our social media and website.
Budget - Project Cost: £5,000Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £1,500 IT skills training 40 Hours of training per month £1,500 Life skills training 32 Hours of training per month £1,500 Employability skills 40 Hours of training per month £500 Administration 1 Staff Member
Current Funding / Pledges
Source Amount Sponsorships £40,000 Guaranteed
The city of Arusha, where The Umoja Centre is located, is in Northern Tanzania at the base of Mount Meru and is the capital of the region. Tanzania’s urban population is rapidly increasing with 92 per cent of the urban population living in slums (UN-Habitat). This is one of the highest rates in sub-Saharan Africa (more than 6 per cent per year). All our students are from backgrounds of extreme poverty, living in the urban slum areas and are among the most marginalized in their society.
We have 42 students currently enrolled in the 2014 foundation year and support an additional 95 in various other institutes such as secondary schools, vocational training institutes, colleges and universities. They will directly benefit from this project and the successes are shown by those who have graduated and been able to attain full-time skilled employment.
There are few education schemes like Umoja in Arusha. Existing education opportunities all charge fees for courses that are beyond student means. At Umoja, students benefit from free education and extracurricular activities, medical checks, health information, counseling, guidance and support. These young people are consistently neglected by both the government and other relief agencies. Umoja has provided this support since 2009 and has a good track record with students and the community.
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