Hoima Entrepreneurial Idea Festival Challenge (H.E.I.F.C)- is a grassroots social venture which was the brain child of many little ideas generated during dozens of conversations over multiple weeks culminating into one three day conference that would be followed up by five (5) – participant run – spin off projects. The project aims at training a cohort of youth from Uganda to be the drivers of social entrepreneurship in their communities providing them an approach, to help them identify viable, self sustaining business projects, funding their start off, and overseeing their implementations.
Like most other countries in Africa, the education system in Uganda comprises three cycles; primary, secondary and tertiary education. The cost of education is low at primary level but increases at secondary and is most expensive at the tertiary level. In addition, the quality and standard of education is not only low and schools chronically under resourced. Even more significantly, the education prepares students for formal employment, in a country where the formal sector is small, and employment opportunities are limited.
A lack of alternative career options leaves many youths languishing and it is one of the reasons why there is very limited economic activity.