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Shirikisha Civic Organization Of East Africa Launch Support To Uganda Skills Development Project As Kyaka Industrial Training Center Graduates Over 100 Youths

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The Business, Technical and Vocational Education and Training (BTVET) sector in Uganda has the potential of providing the largest number of skilled employees to increase Uganda’s productivity. However, the sector has suffered from weaknesses in five major areas. These include; relevance to economic growth, quality of skills provision, access and equity, organizational effectiveness and financial and internal efficiency.

The system does not produce the appropriately skilled workforce that Uganda requires to increase employment, income and to compete internationally. Training institutions do not deliver training commensurate to the required standards and few students access the training.

Shirikisha Civic Organization Of East Africa (SCO EA) launched the support to Uganda as they intend to promote vocational and technical skills as an opportunity to access the labour market through wage employment or self-employment as the organization works towards sustainable development goals.

According to the United Nations, roughly half the world’s population still lives on the equivalent of about US$2 a day. And in too many places, having a job doesn’t guarantee the ability to escape from poverty. This slow and uneven progress requires us to rethink and retool our economic and social policies aimed at eradicating poverty”

Addressing the congregation at Kyaka Industrial Training Center in Kyegegwa district of Uganda, Kyaka Central Member of Parliament Hon Tom Bright Amooti said Uganda’s education system has been criticized for being theoretical and applauded the work being done by civil society organizations in Uganda.

He added that as leaders, at all levels, and the influential media, need to help citizens embrace business, vocational and technical colleges as a choice and not as a last resort.

“The graduates lack skills beyond the notes taken in class. It is for this reason why we are emphasizing ‘skills acquisition’ as a solution and government of Uganda introduced Uganda Skills development project under the ministry of Education”. Hon Amooti added.

Speaking to the rwenzorimail, The Program Manager ato SCO EA said that the organization has launched supporting the skilling of Ugandans especially the vulnerable groups.

Over 100 trainees graduated in different trades at Kyaka Industrial training center and all graduands will be supported by the  Organization with Start-up kits, financial literacy training and entrepreneurship skills to be able to support them start and run sustainable businesses.

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Kameli Zepha Bwambale
Kameli Zephaniah Bwambale (Uganda) is an African Business and Community Leader, Writer and Business Development Professional working to transform Africa through Business and Community Leadership. He is the National & Global Coordinator at Shirikisha Civic Organization of East Africa-SCOEA Secretary to the Board and Managing Director at Musingika Tourism Company Limited (Uganda's Youngest CEO of the Year 2022 and Top20 Tourism Writer of Year 2022) He has worked as a Business Trainer, Consultant and Business coach at Uganda Small Scale Industries Association (USSIA) and Rwenzori Albertine Regional Trade Association (RARTA) He is a graduate of the University of Georgia, USA), the Humanitarian Leadership Academy (UK) and Kabale University (Uganda) He is a Board Member at YOPSA Financial Services Ltd, Kasese Tourism Investor's Forum , Kalu Mart Health Centre and Green Girls and Women Conservation Program-Uganda He is an alumnus YALI Regional Leadership Center East Africa at Kenyatta University and participant United Nations Global Compact pursuing tourism, climate change, environmental conservation, Civic engagement, financial inclusion and social entrepreneurship agenda for transforming Africa.

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