Jendyose is a 17-year-old Ugandan student at PEAS Noble High School. PEAS is preparing Jendyose for life after school by providing a real-life experience of running a business.
He said: “I enjoy going to school here because the education is of high quality, and our teachers are great people, every day, they inspire me to become like them.”
Jendyose is a member of all four of his school’s student clubs, where he enjoys broadening his knowledge through various activities and has taken on several leadership roles in the livelihoods club.
He said: “We learn baking skills in the livelihoods club, such as how to make chapattis, mandazi, and pancakes, among other things. As we sell our products to students and teachers, we also learn marketing and sales skills. I am the sales manager for the livelihoods club, and through this, I’ve learned how to talk to people about products to persuade them to buy. I have also learned to calculate business money flow regarding our expenditures and incomes.”
He added: “Other clubs include the educate club, which teaches students a leadership and entrepreneurship course to help them identify and create business opportunities in their communities. The debating club teaches students critical thinking skills, as well as confidence and public speaking. Both girls and boys are welcome to join the girls club, which includes activities such as raising goats, chickens, rabbits, and vegetables. These are sold back to the school to generate incomes.”
The skills learned through club activities help students to earn an income while still in school, especially during the holidays. Many students, including Jendyose, often use these funds to contribute to purchasing academic materials. The wider community also benefits from the school clubs’ projects as project supplies are often purchased from members of the community.
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