In lieu of my Thursday Fund-documentation post, I am going to share with you a recent article, published in The New Vision on May 12th. It was written by Professor Calestous Juma of Harvard Kennedy School. He makes a case for women’s education, using African Rural University (ARU). ARU is under the URDT umbrella and it is the only all women’s university in Uganda.
African agricultural universities have so far tended to training functionaries for the public service. New models are needed to extend higher technical training to women farmers who are the frontline innovators.
A pioneering example of such an effort is the African Rural University (ARU) for women inaugurated in Kibaale district of western Uganda in 2011.
ARU was incubated by the Uganda Rural Development and Training Program (URDT), a non-governmental organization (NGO) founded in 1987. It is the first African university dedicated to training women. It is one of the first African universities to be incubated by a rural NGO and show great promise in the potential for growth among local organizations. ARU is one the first universities to focus on rural development and entrepreneurship considering that Africa is largely rural.
ARU is an innovative model that focuses on building strong female leaders for careers in agriculture and on involving the community in every step of the agricultural value chain.
A key feature of the new university is to help young women envision the future they want and design strategies to achieve their goals. Their programming is tailored to meet locally identified needs that value local lifestyles and traditions while allowing the adoption of new technologies and improved production.
Read the whole article here.
Nshunge is fundraising to help buy a school truck for URDT Girls’ School in Kagadi, Kibaale district. The truck will be used to transport students to sports events, farm work and educative theatre. She will be sharing her progress and her learning process here every Thursday and hopes that it will be helpful for other Ugandan women who are running, or thinking about running, fundraising campaigns.
You can donate to her campaign here.