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Coca-Cola Beverages Africa, Boundless Minds launch Youth Mentorship program

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Coca-Cola Beverages Africa in Uganda, in partnership with Boundless Minds have launched a virtual youth mentorship program to empower youth aged 16-20 with work-readiness skills to support their school-to-work transition.

Dubbed ‘Elevate!’, the program is designed to fill the gap created by the closure of schools due to the Corona Virus Disease outbreak (COVID-19) which stopped students in higher institutions from continuing formal learning or receiving additional mentorship after schools closed.

“We believe in enhancing the communities we operate in; through education, youth development, civic initiatives and other community activities. These are challenging times and we are fully committed to doing everything we can to help in all areas. In the context of covid-19 pandemic, we have new enormous challenges for our education systems and labor markets, but also a unique opportunity for structural changes between these two worlds and positive lasting effects. We are hopeful that this program will secure young people’s transition to work as it offers a comprehensive support system that guides and empowers young people on their educational and vocational pathways,” said Melkamu Abebe, General Manager of Coca-Cola Beverages Africa in Uganda.

“Considering the inevitable changes to work, employment and entrepreneurship will need to be redefined, especially for people at entry level. There is therefore, a need to create platforms that will mitigate the situation and enable students to access mentorship support that prepares them for the world of work, during this period,” said Benjamin Rukwengye, Founder and Chief Executive of Boundless Minds.

Regarding the partnership, Rukwengye noted that this partnership amplifies their vision of preparing young people for work by increasing collaboration between institutions of learning and industry.

“We are honored to partner with CCBA to offer mentorship to the next generation of professionals, entrepreneurs and social justice champions – especially now, when the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted education systems and is drastically changing the future of work,” he said.

In Uganda today, there is a severe mismatch between the skills of young graduates entering the job market and the skills that employers need for today’s global workforce. An estimated 83% of the total unemployed in Uganda are youth and more than 70% of over 40,000 fresh graduates are unable to secure a job because they are unemployable. Across Africa, millions of youth lack adequate work-readiness or entrepreneurship skills and this program is one step towards reducing on the youth burden.

Participants will be enrolled on a rolling basis, primarily using The Mentor to access content in Form of best practices, graphics and text. This shall be supplemented with the creation of Online discussion groups for on-spot learning through mentorship sessions, thematic articles and videos. The mentorship period will run for 10 weeks, with the first intake running from
October to December of 2020.

Elevate! is designed to be low-cost and low maintenance so that the youth can engage in it fully online. As part of the program, Boundless Minds will take lead in administering the training, assessments and tracking engagement and participation. The talk topics will involve employees of Coca-Cola Beverages Africa, professionals and Alumni of Boundless Minds.





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EXPOSED! Ugandan gospel singer Julie Mutesasira weds fellow woman

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Former local gospel singer Julie Mutesasira has caused a stir online after photos of her kissing a fellow woman during their wedding went viral on social media.

The photos emerged after his ex-lover Pastor Steven Mutesasira officially tied the knot with his new lover identified as Judith over the weekend.

In the past, it was rumored that Julie divorced with her husband and fled to Canada but the rumors where yet to be confirmed until the photos of her marrying a fellow woman made their way on social media.





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Police Bosses Convene at Bulange ,Mengo Over Weekend Security Raid on Mbogo Clan Thanksgiving Function

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Top Police authorities are slated to meet the Katikkiro of Buganda Charles Peter Mayiga this morning to tackle the security raid on a thanksgiving function organized by the Mbogo clan head, and religious leaders at Mugulu in Mityana town over last weekend.

Mobogo Clan head, Kayiira Gajuule had invited Bishop Emeritus John Baptist Kaggwa the retired Bishop of Masaka Diocese to grace the thanksgiving ceremony when anti-riot police stormed the area and sprayed teargas to disperse everyone.

This incident has since drawn widespread criticism from both Buganda kingdom loyalists who have since marched to Bulange Mengo demanding an apology from the Police besides the public condemning police actions

Just yesterday afternoon,. Police were forced to use teargas and live bullets to disperse a group of Buganda loyalists at Mityana municipality protesting the incident and demanding that District Police Commander, Alex Mwine Mukono unconditionally releases all the motorcycles he confiscated during the raid.

This compelled the police boss IGP Martin Okoth Ochola to apologize to the bishop and the Catholic Church.

The police political commissar led by a team of senior officers announced that they would be visiting Bishop Kaggwa at his home to announce their apology to his family and the church on behalf of IGP Ochola .

On Monday, the police spokesperson Fred Enanga apologized to the Catholic Church defending the police action on preventing the spread of COVID19.

He said the firing of teargas was caused by a group of uninvited politicians including Francis Zaake among others who had attracted youth.

Now according to the Buganda kingdom spokesperson Noah Kiyimba, a meeting between the Katikkiro Charles Peter Mayiga and the top police leadership is scheduled for 11:00 am at Bulange Mengo.



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Martha Kay shows off flexibility while exercising (VIDEO)

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Local Comedienne Martha Kay Kagimba a.k.a The Range Rover Girl showed off her flexibility and fitness in a video where she was recorded doing a full split.

For a couple of years, Martha Kay has often revealed how she is insecure about different parts of her body including her legs and her skin complexion.

Slowly, she has come to terms with her insecurities and she is proud of her complexion. There is one more thing she is working on now and she seems to be on the right track – FITNESS!





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