Uganda Rural Development and Training Programme (URDT)

URDT aims to empower marginalized people living in rural communities in Uganda by providing education, skills training and rural development interventions.

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The Uganda Rural Development and Training Programme (URDT) empowers marginalized people in rural areas of Uganda by focusing on the “missing link” in development programs. URDT uses a people-centered approach by combining rural development projects with consciousness raising, training, education and information sharing to facilitate integrated, self-directed, and sustainable development in surrounding communities.

URDT addresses various domains including education for more than 300 students each year. Children and young adults between the ages of 10 and 25 years old receive financial support and materials and participate in extracurricular activities such as the school farm. URDT operates the following institutions: URDT Girls' School (URDTGS), a girls' primary and secondary school, Institute for Vocational Studies and Youth Leadership Development, and African Rural University, an all-female university.

The five URDT schools aim to reduce barriers to education and trains impoverished girls (70%) and boys to become experts in sustainable development through co-curricular programs. These programs use inquiry based methods, visioning techniques, sports, educative drama, training in life skills, entrepreneurship, commercial agricultural, and radio broadcasting to equip students with change agent competencies. Students practice their skills at home to improve overall family income, health, and literacy through gained shared knowledge. One specific aim of this program is to keep girls in school for a longer period of time as parents can see the return on investment.

Up scaling conducted by this program include the following:

  • homes with students of this program act as training models in communities
  • African Rural University (ARU) gives students sponsorship to become rural transformation specialists
  • a 2-G approach in community schools is managed through an extension program with graduates of ARU

These education establishments complement each other and cooperate to develop a cohort of young leaders with entrepreneurial skills and drive. After completing the complete URDT educational cycle, students go on to be employed by URDT, other development institutions, or government agencies.

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