Uganda Rural Development & Training Programme (URDT)
In line with our strategy to support innovative, inclusive education initiatives, Nordic Capital is proud to have been an active partner to URDT since 2014.
URDT’s Girls’ School provides education to 250 girls in the rural areas of western Uganda where most of the population rely on subsistence farming.
Operating in a patriarchal society, the school has found an innovative approach to improving the lives of the girls, as well as their families and communities in which they live.
In addition to receiving a solid academic education, the girls learn to become “change agents” within their families and communities. With practical knowledge, new confidence and leadership skills, the girls can help their families to generate an income by growing and selling crops, using those resources to improve their living conditions. This has had a positive impact on health in
A study of 340 alumni found that:
- 46% are currently pursuing higher education, of which half are at university.
- 26% are employed; most of them as teachers or in the health sector.
- 16% run their own businesses.
In the class of 30 girls who started at URDT Girls’ School in 2014:
- 70% were successfully growing and selling bananas.
- More than 50% were selling coffee within two years.
- During the same period, 20% of families had moved from one-room mud houses to brick houses with several rooms and a proper roof.