Governement Set To Roll Out Talent Search Project In The Ghetto!
Written by Derrick Asaba on September 30, 2021
The Government through the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development has launched the Ghetto Got Talent (GGT) Search and Health Awareness Campaign.
This plan has been unveiled by the State Minister for Youth and Children Affairs, Sarah Mateke Nyirabashitsi during a press conference held at the Media Centre today.
As revealed by the Minister, the campaign is designed to identify, nurture and promote Uganda’s fresh talent in all the Ghettos around Uganda and also promote health awareness for sustainable livelihoods.
“The Ghetto Got Talent Search projects to stimulate the consciousness of ghetto youth to the socio-economic challenges inhibiting meaningful development to occur. Young people need solutions that will benefit today and tomorrow’s young generation,” said Nyirabashitsi.
The debut edition will begin in nine of the major ghettos in Kampala including; Katanga, Namuwongo, Kisenyi, Kivulu, Kamwokya, Makere-Kavule/Kalerwe, Bwaise-Kimombasa and Kasovo.
This campaign will give the upcoming talented Ghetto youth an opportunity to show case and develop talent on a national platform. These will also be extended to various ghettos in the different parts of the country.
The search will focus on promoting Musical talent, Dance, Art and design, Comedy, Poetry, Magic, Fashion and Acrobatics that advance values of cultural development, national pride, educational and entertainment purposes to the community and country at large.
The GGT management will announce an official voting period for the general public that will start on November 11th to 19th and then the grand finale will take place on November 20 this year.
These initiatives were inspired by a needs assessment exercise conducted in various slums of the country with the aim of identifying what the youth of the community see as their priorities, skill gaps and capacity needs.
Nyirabashitsi urged the youths to acquaint themselves with the Government’s policies and programs to lift themselves out of poverty, under-employment and unemployment.
“We will continue to fund the youths who are not in formal employment to enable them create jobs for themselves and also employ others through our programmes,” the Minister said.