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Our journey to Uganda was a huge step forward connecting our team, understanding the culture and discussing further steps evolving the project.
The legal form for our spin-off is currently being worked on by the German team as well by some Ugandan members
Strict lockdown and closed up schools: our focus lays currently on financial planning and working out our farming concept
Journey to Uganda
In mid-March, four of our Eduglobe team members traveled to Uganda to take our project to the next level. As representatives of the German team, this was - during the COVID-19 pandemic - the first trip in 1.5 years for our project. On the very first day, our understanding of our project and cultural Ugandan life turned 180 degrees.
Our main points to discuss on site were accounting, our legal spin-off, the curriculum, our farming concept and the future team structure or everyone's future expectations for the project. Topics that can be discussed much more effectively, understandably, and clearly in a joint meeting rather than via Zoom Calls from Germany.
In the first weeks we concentrated on getting to know the country and its people and did a lot of need assessment. The goal was to understand what life is like in Uganda, how the local mentality differs from the one we know, what the local people really need, what problems they have to deal with in everyday life and how we can support. As an educational project, our target group was mainly young people and children, who in Uganda, unlike in Germany, also represent the majority of the population.
In the weeks that followed, we did a lot of networking and for this purpose we traveled to the capital Kampala for a few days. One important insight was to build up a sustainable financial structure on site to have a financial basis for start-up capital for investments. Probably the most common method for this in Uganda is farming, which we also practice in our project, since the economy is still very much based on agriculture and almost everyone has an agricultural income.
Over the last months, Eduglobe has concluded that it is necessary to have a legal existence of its own. Various alternatives were discussed and investigated. We came to the result, that the founding of a company limited by guarantee in Uganda is the best way to proceed. Now why is that? Firstly, the legal form should exist in Uganda, since this is the country we operate in. Secondly, a company limited by guarantee limits the liability of its members. This is important since we do not want our members to be at risk of loosing their personal capital. Further, the company is not open to the public, to ensure that Eduglobe keeps full control over the addition of new members. By doing so, we can ensure they are quality people of high character and expertise that share our core values.
Another benefit of a company limited by guarantee, is the fact of it being a company, because it is therefore allowed to make profits. This company will also allow us to buy and own land under the company’s name, have contractual agreements with the teachers and others as well as having an own bank account. By setting up a company, Eduglobe will become more professional as clear-cut structures of operating and decision making are set. It will also allow Eduglobe to grow easier and faster. Lastly, the company limited by guarantee gives us the chance to become an NGO. This is a lengthy and costly process, for which the Ugandan law requires to already have a company limited by guarantee in existence. An NGO would especially result in Tax benefits and less bureaucracy.
Currently, members of Eduglobe in Uganda as well as Germany are working in formulation the objectives of our future company. These will be handed to our legal expert in Uganda to create a first draft of the company’s constitution. The next step will then be to amend this draft, so that it fully meets the needs and expectations of Eduglobe. This is expected to take up some time, which is due to the mutual importance and complexity of the topic for the future of Eduglobe. Once everyone is happy with the results, including our legal experts, there are only a couple of formal steps remaining to register our very own company limited by guarantee.
COVID-19 in Uganda:
A third wave of corona is raging in Africa - in some areas it is worse than ever, and Uganda is one of them.
Since mid-May, the number of recorded infections has suddenly exploded - the number of unreported cases is probably even higher.
Local hospitals are overburdened, lacking oxygen and intensive care beds. The delta variant has already been detected in 14 countries- the extent to which this variant is prevalent in Uganda is still unclear. Since a few days President Yoweri Museveni has imposed a strict lockdown - this also means that our teachers can no longer commute between the districts. The schools are closed, and teaching is largely restricted. We are in close contact with our teachers and try to support them in the best possible way. In the meantime, we are focusing on organizational matters, such as working out our farming concept or optimizing our financial planning.
Enactus Munich has reached the third place at this year's National Cup and Eduglobe was one of the two main projects that was presented. The final was broadcast live on RTL on June 18, 2021. We are happy to have been part of the NC!
We are proud to welcome 5 new, motivated members into our team: Finn, Carlos, Florentine, Matthias and Armin will mainly work in the areas of Farming, Finance, Strategic Relations and Fundraising and will bring new ideas to Eduglobe.