Officials from DHL Uganda and Teach For Uganda display signed agreements after partnering to empower Ugandan students.

DHL Group has launched partnership with Teach For Uganda in efforts to promote educational opportunities and employability for young people in Uganda.

The partnership will 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 James Kassaga Arinaitwe, the founder and CEO of Teach For Uganda, they 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.” He said.

Alluding to Uganda Census data, the Country Manager, DHL Express Uganda, Fatma Abubakar, said over half of Uganda’s population comprises youth under the age of 29 and it is estimated that 86 per cent of those are unemployed, underemployed or at the level of becoming employable, “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.” She said.

Globally DHL is committed to improving the communities in which they operate and creating a positive impact within the local community.

 “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.” Said Zachary Mukwaya General Manager DHL Supply Chain.

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.