Gulu University, is a Public University in Uganda established in 2002 by the University and other tertiary institution Act 2001. It is located in the Northern part of the country with six faculties and 2 institutes. As a public university located in a post conflict area, it is expected to play a crucial role in transforming the lives of people in its community, especially the youths. Its motto therefore is ‘for community transformation’ and the mission is ‘to provide access to higher education, research and conduct quality professional training for the delivery of appropriate services directed towards community transformation and conservation of bio diversity.
UNESCO Chair on Life Long Learning, Youth and Work, is one is of the key Development issues in Sub Saharan Countries: the inclusion of young people in education, training and work. Sub-sahara Africa has the youngest population in the world with some 600 million people under the age of 25. Moreover, while young people globally suffer high unemployment levels, the condition is worse in Sub-Saharan African Countries where youth unemployment remains a serious challenge. Youth Unemployment in Uganda is among the highest in Africa. Unemployment and Underemployment cause severe economic and social marginalization of the youth, contributing to illegal migration (in the region but also to Europe), prostitution, crime, drug abuse and recruitment and abduction into terrorist groups. Uganda is especially affected by these developments. Specific to the Acholi sub region in Uganda where the UNESCO Chair is based, is the problem of post conflict realities that presents the challenges of retaining and reintegration of war affected youth into the communities ways of life into the communities way of life after their traumatic experiences with Lord’s Resistance Army and Refugee/Security camps.