Forum for African Women Educationalists - Uganda Chapter

"21 Years of Enhancing Girls' and Women's Education for Development" FAWE Uganda 1997-2018

FAWE UGANDA-MTN SCHOLARSHIP BENEFICIARIES RECEIVE MENTORSHIP

 

The Beneficiaries attending the Mentoring session

For the last 6 years, FAWE Uganda in partnership with the MTN Uganda Foundation have been implementing the Higher Education Scholarship Program (HESP) with a major objective of supporting vulnerable children especially girls access quality education. Currently a total of 10 beneficiaries are sponsored in both private and Government Universities pursuing science and technology related courses.

FAWE Uganda therefore, holds quarterly mentoring sessions to enable learners effectively cope with the school environment, improve their social and academic confidence, equip them with life skills such as communication, assertiveness, decision making, problem solving, and critical thinking to enable them effectively balance their academic, social and spiritual life. They were also equipped with relevant career advice, techniques in monitoring progress, understanding challenges and how they can be addressed and above all improving performance and consolidating small milestones in their lives to guarantee high retention and completion rates. The other topics they were taken through include Life after university, financial management with key focus was on saving and expenditure management, career talks and opportunities; strategies for job searching and personal presentation.

The facilitators also paid key interest on the Curriculum Vitae development process - writing a winning CV and interview preparation including presentation techniques and dressing code. On the high unemployment levels, participants were encouraged to seek and think about self employment than being idle at home in addition to embracing starting small including volunteering to gain experience and serving as a trigger to their careers. One of the participants also shared about her experience in starting a poultry farming business and sought advice on how to improve and make it work better.

However, majority of the beneficiaries expressed fear about the current high unemployment levels in the country. One of them remarked that, “I am very happy for having gotten the scholarship to study, however when I look at the state in which Uganda is today, I wonder if I will ever get a job.”

The two day mentoring session took place from April 20th to 21st, 2018 at the secretariat and it was attended by 10 beneficiaries from the 5 partner Universities of Makerere, Kyambogo, Ndejje and Muni University. The sessions were facilitated by lecturers from Makerere University Business School and FAWE Uganda role models.

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