Rugyendo has worked for over 18 years as a journalist and media entrepreneur in Uganda. He has consistently worked to spur young entrepreneurship, leadership and social transformation in the country for which he has won numerous awards.
A Desmond Tutu leadership program Fellow, and a Crans Montana Forum ‘New Leader of Tomorrow,’ Rugyendo has set out on a long journey to nurture Uganda’s next generation of scientists, entrepreneurs and innovators through promotion of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) concepts among school going children in Uganda aged between 4 and 15.
The Innovate Uganda Project is in line with his vision of a technologically transformed nation in the near future.
Arinaitwe Rugyendo: PROJECT DIRECTOR.
Uganda is in the midst of a journey towards a middle-income status. No country in the word has reached this stage without emphasis on Science and Technology. For this to happen in Uganda and Africa, we need our young people to see technology and related applied sciences as a future not which they might just benefit from but which they can help create. If today’s children are equipped with the right skills, if they have the right networks, if they have the right attitude, Uganda’s youth unemployment crisis that stands at 83% will go down in two decades from now. We have to make sure we equip every child in Uganda and the region with STEM skills to be relevant in future, a future that is dotted with the digital revolution requiring skills in science and technology.
In 2012, Rugyendo was awarded the prestigious Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellowship of the African Leadership Institute which is jointly run by University of Stellenboch in South Africa and University of Oxford in UK.
In 2013, Rugyendo was awarded another prestigious Fellowship- The Crans Montana Forum, a network of world political, social and business leaders committed to a more balanced and humane world. He picked his award in Geneva in 2015.
Rugyendo is a father and married with 4 children- two boys and two girls, all pioneers on the Young Engineers Kampala programme.
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