The problems we seek to address:
- There is a challenge of a poor reading culture and low litearcy levels with only 20 % of primary three pupils able to read and unddrstand an English story.
- Uganda has one of the world’s youngest population with 50 % of Ugandans under the age of 15 and 78 % below 30 years. There is growing youth unemployment and 70 % of Ugandan youth are reportedly not employed.
- Youth lack access to correct information on sexual reproductive health and challenges of growth and development leading to teenage pregnancy, early marriages, sexual gender based violence and HIV/AIDS.
We also work to contribute to efforts to address the challenges of low literacy levels and a poor reading culture, unemployment and youth sexual reproductive health related challenges by implementing the following:
- Literacy promotion and improvement initiatives : PELI-U facilitates the setting up of parish based satelitte libraries, school based reading outreaches, facilitates household based reading activities, provides reading materials, reading space, trains teachers and school administrators on importance of reading and setting up of reading spaces. We empower parents and care takers to facilitate household based children’s reading sessions and lobby and advocate for a supportive reading environment in schools and communities.
- Socio-economic empowerment and skills development: PELI-U provides vocational and technical skills and entrepreneurship training to youth and women. Youth and women are linked to employers and provided with career guidance, provided with internship opportunities and dialogue sessions are held with parents and care takers to strengthen support for skills development trainees.
- Sexual reproductive health/HIV/AIDS education and linkage to health services: PELI-U provides sexual reproductive health/HIV/AIDS education sessions for youth and children, organize annual youth health camp, organizes dialogue sessions between youth and health service providers, conducts elderly mapping sessions and lobbies and advocates for youth friendly healthy services.