On 10 August 2018, Primary Futures launched in Uganda. The Good Shepherd school, based in Katwadde in the Masake District, welcomed inspirational volunteers from the world of work. Among the volunteers was a Psychiatrist, Medical Doctor, General Practitioner, Journalist, Agriculturist, Electrician and Project Manager. The volunteers spoke to the children about their jobs, opening their eyes to exciting futures that they can aspire to.
Located in a particularly deprived rural area, the Good Shepherd School recognises that programmes such as Primary Futures are vital to inspire the young people in the area by showing them what they can achieve if they work hard. John Ssentamu, the Head Teacher, contacted Education and Employers for help after recognising the impact Primary Futures is having on children from disadvantaged backgrounds. Using the work of Education and Employers and the Primary Futures programme in the UK as an example of best practice, Uganda are looking to set up a similar national scheme in which volunteers visit schools to talk to children about their job and give them hope that they can succeed.
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