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African Leadership College student to teach young people life-changing skills

17 May 2017

African Leadership College student Noah Walakira is to develop his business teaching young people sewing and knitting skills with the support of the University’s Magnus Magnusson Awards.

Noah, who is studying BA (Hons) Social Sciences at Glasgow Caledonian University’s (GCU) partner institution in Mauritius, is to grow his community-based organisation Namirembe Sweater Makers.

In Uganda, many people are living in poverty due to unemployment. Noah founded Namirembe Sweater Makers to contribute to solving the issue. His organisation currently employs 20 staff members and has, so far, trained more than 65 people to knit and sew.

Making sweaters, uniforms, badges, scarves and headgear, Noah’s company has allowed its employees to see themselves through school, and support themselves and their families. It also supplies 58 partner schools and companies around the country.

Noah said: “We have so far trained 68 young people, of which 70% are girls. Most of them are now employed and are breaking the chain of poverty in their families.

“With the funding from my Magnusson Award, I hope to extend my business to Karamoja, which is the most disadvantaged rural area of Uganda. It will allow me to purchase knitting and sewing machines, and to train more people.”

Noah is one of eight GCU students to be presented with an award this year in the name of the University’s late Chancellor, Magnus Magnusson KBE.

Now in their 10th year, the annual awards support the ambitions and dreams of talented students and researchers at GCU. To date, they have supported more than 80 students to undertake their own dream projects worldwide.