The MasterCard Foundation and Swisscontact, a Swiss-based NGO, launched a five-year, $5.6 million partnership that aims to introduce and expand Swisscontact’s signature Learning Group model in Uganda and Tanzania (U-LEARN project). The Learning Group Model is a proven, market-based non-formal training model that provides skills and entrepreneurial training to youth in subsistence agriculture economies with little formal education, and enables them to access jobs or start a business. Through this partnership, Swisscontact will introduce and expand the model in the Lake Victoria regions of Uganda and Tanzania and will enable 4,600 economically–disadvantaged youth to create opportunities for themselves.
The project will train community-based trainers, government vocational training officials, master craftsmen, and business owners to mentor and support youth. This partnership is part of the Learning, Earning, and Saving Program, which tests and supports the development and understanding of holistic approaches for enabling economic opportunities for disadvantaged youth.