Private Education Development Network (PEDN) in partnership with Feed the Future Uganda Youth Leadership for Agriculture a USAID-funded project are undertaking a campaign to raise awareness on the importance of girls’ education and the value of women empowerment.
This is not only an awareness campaign but will also serve as a fundraiser for the Girls’ Education and Livelihoods fund established by PEDN that is expected to raise shs200m to support 50 Ugandan girls attain an education.
The campaign will be carried out through a series of cinema screenings of the acclaimed film, Girl Rising, a documentary movie highlighting the global campaign for girls’ education. This movie follows 9 girls from Haiti, Nepal, Ethiopia, India, Egypt, Peru, Cambodia, Sierra Leone and Afghanistan on their journey to education.
According to Mr Ochotre Nixon, the Executive Director of the Private Education Development Fund, the expectation is that through the screenings, the public will be compelled to contribute to the fund.
“We are looking to raise shs200 million from these screenings. This money will send 50 girls through O-Level education. We have already identified these vulnerable girls through our network of 300 schools which are across the country, ” he says.
“The reason we are choosing O-Level is simply because many girls stop their education at primary school level as secondary education is financially challenging.”
PEDN launched the campaign with a media screening of the documentary and will also undertake a couple of fundraising activities during the screenings to meet their target.
This campaign will also draw cultural influencers, corporate and government leaders to build an enabling environment for girls, promoting policy change and financial investment in their education.
Girl Rising will be screened at Century Cinemax at Acacia Mall on April 7th and 8th 2017 starting 3pm and the screening will be open to the public. Movie tickets will go for shs25, 000 with all proceeds collected going to the Girls’ Education and Livelihoods Fund.
This event is made possible by USAID, from the American people, as part of Feed the Future. the US government’s global hunger and food security initiative.
The Private Education Development Network (PEDN) is a non-profit organisation formed in Uganda in 2004 to promote youth empowerment through entrepreneurial and business skills programs in primary, secondary and tertiary institutions. The objective is to integrate entrepreneurial learning and teaching in the formal and non-formal educational system and nurture a new generation of young people who will lead Uganda to sustainable development.
The Feed the Future Uganda Youth Leadership for Agriculture Activity connects youths with opportunities in the country’s agriculture sector. The project aims to increase economic opportunities for 350,000 Ugandan female and male youth ages 10 to 35 in agriculture-related fields to increase their incomes and build entrepreneurship, leadership,and Workforce-readiness.