Recent reports suggests that the low willingness of the government in creating and providing jobs has led to many young people being lured into foreign countries in search of greener pastures and yet most of these usually backfire. Many of these have ended up either in miserable employment than it would have been if they were employed in Uganda or have ended up being sexually abused and later contract the deadly virus, HIV/AIDS.
Global estimates indicate that more than half of the world’s population is below the age of 25 years and nearly one third is between the ages of 10 and 24 years. Throughout the world, youth are dropping out of school and being excluded from the economy. UNESCO estimates that 98% of children with disabilities in developing countries do not attend school and 99% of girls with disabilities are illiterate. Additionally, Youth with disabilities face dual disadvantages as individuals with disabilities are more likely to live in poverty.
Young people aged between 9 -20 years account for 18% of the world’s population and 23% of sub-Saharan African population. The youth in Uganda account for 67% of the total population and 37% are female youth (world population report 2010). In Uganda women have sex early, 20% of young women aged 20-24 and 10% of men that age have had sexual intercourse by age of 15, by 18, 64% of young women and 50% young men become sexually experienced. 16% have had miscarriages, 2% unintended births, 49% intended pregnancies and 13% abortions.
We are living in a fast changing world in which attitudes towards sexuality and procreation are evolving by the day, a situation in which over 20mn women perform abortions, 95% of them unsafe, much as the practice is criminal.
Uganda today stands at critical cross road in nearly 50 years of her independence. While the just concluded 2011 general Elections are gone, there is still considerable dissension and dissatisfaction within political parties reflecting on unresolved tensions in transition to a multi-party dispensation. The large populace is pathetic, and disgruntled.
YEC founders have a rich background in leadership building, ICTs, and youth livelihood programs that places the organization at fore front of confronting pressing issues that affect a critical mass of young people. The organization boosts of strategic Networks and alliances both nationally and internationally particularly with youth focuses agencies which has brought about recognition of her expertise.