four women pose with computer hardware participating in technology skills for women in Uganda

Introducing digital design to women entrepreneurs in Uganda

Goal: Team4Tech is introducing programs on graphic design, video editing, and digital design in coordination with WITU.

Background: Over 60% of the population in Uganda is below the age of 30, and 74% of Ugandans between the ages of 15-25 are unemployed. The majority of them are young women who have either dropped out of school or did not acquire quality education due to poverty. Even if they are able to attend school, the education offered by public schools does not offer digital skills education to enable learners to benefit from the global shift towards technological jobs.

Partner: For the last 5 years, Women In Technology Uganda (WITU) has trained and impacted over 3,500 underprivileged young women in Uganda. WITU’s mission is to support young women and girls to become innovative technologists and entrepreneurs. WITU empowers young women by training them in technology, entrepreneurship, and leadership skills to enable them to find gainful employment or start their own business.

Project: In 2019, Team4Tech supported WITU in launching Uganda’s first community makerspace for underserved communities around Kampala and its outskirts. Returning in 2020, a T4T team of 11 Adobe volunteers provided mentorship to 26 WITU women on Adobe CC products (Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere Pro, Photoshop). This allows these young women to advance their businesses, train in marketable skills, and become “champion trainers” to teach and inspire other women.