Deutsche Post DHL Group (DPDHL Group), the parent company of DHL Express, DHL Global Forwarding and DHL Supply Chain has launched a partnership with Teach For Uganda, a subsidiary of Teach For All. Teach for Uganda is an NGO that aims at eradicating education inequity, raising a nation of true leaders and promoting educational opportunities and employability for young people in Uganda.
DPDHL Group has been a long-time partner of Teach For All. The Group believes helping to empower people and communities to do what they do best will evolve the status quo. The company is convinced that Creative thinking, emotional intelligence, good sense of judgment, effective communication and share wisdom is the key to change and opportunities necessary to eliminate inequality in education.
Although DPDHL Group has seventeen partnerships with Teach For All in different countries, this is it’s first in Africa. These partnerships are under the new strategic framework, a focus to nurture the employability and life skills of young people from difficult socio-economic backgrounds around the world.
Speaking on the partnership, Zachary Mukwaya, General Manager, Country Operations Uganda, DHL Supply Chain said, “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.”
Aside from providing financial support, this partnership will also allow 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. This will provide both practical career guidance and opportunities and create mentorship relationships through which DPDHL Group employees can share their personal career development stories and experiences to inspire young people. DHL volunteers will also continue to support SOS Children’s Villages Uganda with whom it has had a partnership with since 2013.
Teach For Uganda recruits exceptional Ugandan graduates from diverse fields of study, who then are trained to become teachers, known as ‘Teach for Uganda Fellows’. These Fellows are 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.
Youth unemployment in Uganda is the highest in Africa. A recent study by ActionAid, put youth unemployment at 62 percent, while the African Development Bank says it could be as high as 83 percent. This partnership between DHL and Teach For Uganda will go a long way in tackling this issue.
By Tobiloba Ishola.