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DHL partners with Teach For Uganda to create greater employability among youth

  • This marks the logistics group's first partnership in Africa with the
    Teach For All network
  • DHL volunteers will equip
    students with skills and experiences needed to enter the working world

KAMPALA, UGANDAMedia OutReach - 17 July, 2019 - DHL Express, DHL
Global Forwarding and DHL Supply Chain, part of the Deutsche Post DHL Group
(DPDHL Group),
launched a
partnership today with Teach For Uganda, a network partner of
Teach For All, to
eradicate education inequity, raise a nation of true leaders and promote
educational opportunities and employability for young people in Uganda.
This marks DPDHL Group's 18th partnership with Teach For All under
the new
strategic framework[1], a focus to nurture employability and life
skills of
young people from difficult socio-economic backgrounds around the world, and its first partnership
in Africa.



From L-R: Fatma Abubakar, Country Manager, DHL Express Uganda; Paul Erongot, Country Manager, DHL Global Forwarding Uganda; Zachary Mukwaya, General Manager, DHL Supply Chain Uganda; James Kassaga Arinaitwe, Co-founder and CEO, Teach for Uganda; Sheila Kangwagye, Board Member, Teach for Uganda.

 

James Kassaga Arinaitwe, Founder and CEO of Teach For Uganda, said, "We believe in the
potential of all children to thrive and become better leaders in their various
communities. The partnership with DHL Uganda will accelerate our momentum and
help us improve the lives of the children through excellent and practical
education and develop our fellows as effective teachers and leaders in their
communities and nation.
"

 

Along with providing financial support, this partnership will also see
employees from DHL Express, DHL Global Forwarding and DHL Supply Chain
volunteer to support over 36 Teach For Uganda Fellows who will in turn make a
positive impact in the lives of at least
15,000 students across Uganda.

 

"According to Uganda Census data, over half of Uganda's population
comprises youth under the age of 29 and it is estimated that 86% of those are
unemployed, underemployed or at the level of becoming employable.[2]
While we understand there is much to be done in order to close the gap, we hope
that the engagement our volunteers will have with Ugandan youth will help
improve these numbers,"
said Fatma
Abubakar, Country Manager, DHL Express Uganda
.

 

Paul Erongot, Country Manager, DHL Global Forwarding
Uganda
added,
"Globally DHL is committed to improving the communities in which we operate.
Having been in Uganda for over 30 years, we want to be able to create a positive
impact within the local community. We hope our volunteers' interactions with
these youth will help provide them with an understanding of what the demands of
the real working world are, and the skills they need to tackle these challenges
head on."

 

Zachary Mukwaya, General Manager, Country Operations
Uganda, DHL Supply Chain
continued, "We are looking at giving the youth
exposure and access to business leaders as well as skills-based training. Over
time as the interactions grow between DHL volunteers and the Teach for Uganda
students, we hope to nurture a cohort of youth who are more confident, focused
and own the skills needed to move forward in their careers."

 

Teach For Uganda recruits exceptional Ugandan
graduates from diverse fields of study, who are trained to become teachers,
known as Teach for Uganda Fellows, then placed in underserved schools and
communities around the country as Teach For Uganda participants. These
teacher-leaders would commit two years as teachers and mentors to their
students.

 

In addition to giving their time to Teach
for Uganda, DHL volunteers will continue to support SOS Children's Villages
Uganda with whom it has had a partnership since 2013.

 

Deutsche Post DHL Group's
corporate responsibility program "Living Responsibility" is comprised of three
programs focused on environmental protection (GoGreen), disaster management
(GoHelp) and education (GoTeach). Under the GoTeach program, Deutsche Post DHL
Group provides support to Teach For All as well as 18 other network partners in
Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East.



[1]
https://teachforall.org/news/education-and-employability-young-people-new-phase-deutsche-post-dhl-group-and-teach-all

[2]
https://www.newvision.co.ug/new_vision/news/1488935/youth-unemployment-gap-collective-response

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About Teach For Uganda

Teach For Uganda (TFU) is a local NGO that is championing a new
education innovation in Uganda to leverage the power of brilliant recent
university graduates to unleash the learning and life outcomes of
underprivileged children in rural Uganda through a two-year teaching as
leadership fellowship program. The graduates who become fellows teach
Mathematics, English and life skills in rural government-aided primary schools
to provide a strong educational foundation to low-income children and put them
on a path to expanded opportunities. Post fellowship, the fellows leverage
their two-year experience as part of an alumni leadership network where they
are coached to become lifelong advocates for education equity in Uganda's
public and private institutions.


About Teach For All

Teach For All is a global network of 50 independent, locally led and
governed partner organizations and a global organization that works to
accelerate the progress of the network. Each network partner recruits and
develops promising future leaders to teach in their nations' under-resourced
schools and communities and, with this foundation, to work with others, inside
and outside of education, to ensure all children are able to fulfill their
potential. Teach For All's global organization works to increase the network's
impact by capturing and spreading learning, facilitating connections among
partners, accessing global resources, and fostering the leadership development
of partner staff, teachers, and alumni.

 

For more information, visit
www.teachforall.org

 

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