URDT students join Ashoka Youth Venture programme

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  • On 13th July 2013, 15 students from URDT founded institutions participated in the Youth Inspire event organised by the Ashoka Youth Venture East Africa programme (AYVEA) in Kampala.
  • URDT had developed a culture to support its students to identify a societal vision and support communities to design paths to attain them. Hence joining this new programme was a logical next step.
  • The 14 female and 1 male students from URDT Girls’ school, African Rural University and URDT Institute shared their experiences to start a social venture, their social aspirations and networked with the other 18 aspiring young change makers.
  • They were inspired to grow their ideas to the next level.
  • The students were excited to join Ashoka's Youth Venture as it is the largest network of social entrepreneurs worldwide. Nearly 3,000 Ashoka Fellows in 70 countries putting their system changing ideas into practice.
  •  The Youth Inspire event was blessed by Hon. Nabugere Flavia, the Minister of State for Environment.

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Background to the event

New. AYVEA is a new programme that enables young people to learn early in life how they can lead social change effectively. The programme aims to inspire and invest in teams of young people to start and lead their own social ventures. As such it is building a powerful network of young change makers across the region.

initiators. The youth venture programme started in Uganda in 2013 by change maker organizations like URDT, Private Education Development Network (PEDN) Educate! and TERROWODDE. The Ashoka fellows in these organizations act as mentors and exemplars to the youth. The event was organized by PEDN and Ashoka East Africa.

 Ashoka. Ashoka’s vision is to advance “an Everyone a Change Maker World” where anyone can apply the skills of change making to solve complex social challenges. With a mission “To support social entrepreneurs who are leading and collaborating with changemakers in a team of teams model that addresses the fluidity of a rapidly evolving society” Ashoka believes that anyone can learn and apply the criticalskills of empathy, team work, leadership and change making to be successful in the modern world”.