In the heart of Uganda’s Busoga region, where vibrant cultures, traditions, and a youthful spirit prevail, a dynamic force is at work. The Busoga Kingdom Youth Council (BKYC), a passionate and energetic organization, is dedicated to representing the needs, dreams, and challenges of the region’s youth. With a mission to empower and uplift the young generation of Busoga, the BKYC has embarked on a significant initiative – creating a comprehensive youth database.
Understanding the youth demographic is crucial for any region’s progress, and Busoga is no exception. The BKYC recognized the need to gather comprehensive statistics about the youth in the region. This includes information about their clans and academic qualifications, which will greatly aid in implementing empowerment programs and other key objectives of the council.
The BKYC envisions a united and empowered youth community that actively participates in shaping Busoga’s future. This community will not only preserve the rich heritage of Busoga but also make positive contributions to society at large. Through proactive leadership, advocacy, and sustainable development initiatives, the BKYC provides an essential platform for young people to collaborate and contribute to the socio-economic and cultural development of the region.
Hussein Salim Magumba, the Chairperson of BKYC, highlights the importance of gathering youth statistics. Many young people in Busoga possess various academic qualifications but struggle to find employment opportunities. Often, they remain unidentified and disconnected from potential opportunities. To bridge this gap, the council has initiated a virtual registration process to trace both educated and uneducated youth in the region.
The youth database isn’t just about collecting data; it’s about bringing Busoga’s youth together to share their knowledge, skills, and employment prospects. Magumba believes that this collaborative approach will lead to transformation by promoting unity among the region’s youth. Additionally, it aims to simplify the tasks of the Kyabazinga, who recognizes the energetic and determined nature of Busoga’s young population.
Magumba emphasizes that when united, the youth can effectively promote their culture and steer clear of negative practices like theft, homosexuality, and drug abuse. He advocates for skills education, urging young people to create their own opportunities instead of waiting for government support. This proactive approach aligns with Busoga Kingdom’s broader vision for youth development.
The Busoga Kingdom Youth Council operates under the Kingdom Ministry of Youths and ICT. It consists of ten representatives from each of the eleven chiefdoms of Busoga. Notably, Bugabula BB is represented by thirty individuals due to its inclusion of three counties: Bugabula, Buzaaya, and Budiope.
The BKYC is sowing the seeds of empowerment, unity, and progress among the region’s youth. Through their efforts, Busoga’s vibrant young generation is poised to play a pivotal role in shaping the future of this culturally rich and dynamic region.