By Fahim Muyingo
Ministry of Education and Sports in partnership with the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) Friday launched the capacity building for the industry demand-based Technical, Vocational Education and Training (TVET) project.
The project targetS 6 training institutions including Ntinda Vocational training institute, Arua Training institute, Kiryandongo, St. Benedict, Nyakatare and Iganga training institute.
Presiding over the launch of the project held at Golf Course Hotel in Kampala, state minister for higher education Dr. J.C Muyingo said the project aims at providing the youths in Uganda with skills demanded by the industries.
He says the project will also involve training of instructors who will deliver the model to their students in the vocational training institutes.
“Training of instructors to deliver this model takes a significant portion of this project. I am also happy that the students are going to benefit quite a lot as it is in line with the TVET policy of 2019,” the education minister said.
Muyingo revealed that over 2, 400 students will benefit from the project by attending short-term courses while over 180 TVET trainers will be trained to deliver industry human-based training.
Some of the TVET trainers will be acquiring the training from Korea with support from the Korea International Cooperation Agency.
“I have also been informed that some of the instructors will undertake training in Korea. Many provisions of trade fairs will benefit 600 participants. Trade fairs tend to benefit and expose trainees to a wide range of technologies and open their minds to innovative ideas,” he added.
According to Park Sung-Soo the ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Uganda, the project will enable the strengthening of sustainable education infrastructures by supporting systems of educational training, employment, academic research cooperation and supply management based on industrial demands.
The permanent secretary ministry of education Ketty Lamaro highlighted that the project is in line with the government’s parish development model which focuses on among others to make people understand that vocational education is not for failures.
She also noted that the funding support channel of the project is part of the funding that the government has been receiving over the years, from a group of education development partners.
Among these partners include the World Bank, enable, Islamic development bank, African development bank and Saudi fund among others, which support the human, based training programs.
According to the Uganda association of private vocational institutions, the majority of the vocational training skills are provided by private TVET institutions.