Buganda to build training centres
Posted Tuesday, October 22 2013 at 01:00
KAMPALA- In a bid to promote skills development and reduce high levels of unemployment, especially among the youth, Buganda Kingdom has unveiled a grand plan to construct vocational training centres in each of the 18 counties in the kingdom.
According to the kingdom’s Education minister, Hajj Twaha Kawaase, the project, which is yet to be approved by the kingdom cabinet, will be fully funded by Buganda’s well-wishers both locally and internationally.
“This programme is long overdue because it is only through vocational training that we can tackle unemployment. Cabinet is going to look through our work plan. We are optimistic that it will be approved,” Hajj Kawaase said at the weekend.
He was speaking at the graduation ceremony of 314 students who graduated with diplomas and certificates in various vocational disciplines at Namasuba College of Business in Kampala.
Hajj Kawaase also advised government to channel all the monies spent on scholarships at universities to vocational institutions, saying this will help address the burden of 400,000 youth who graduate annually but can’t find jobs.
“In Buganda Kingdom, we have already started it. It should be a campaign by every leader at all levels to help change the attitude of the degree syndrome among our children so that they can embrace practical vocational training. A degree without practical skills is useless in the current Uganda,” he said.
More than five years ago, government promised to put a vocational training institute in every sub-county as part of a wider plan to change the country’s education system from a theoretical one to a skills based system.
Early this month, the ministry of Education announced that it had secured Shs398 billion from donors to facilitate the implementation of Skilling Uganda programme.