The government of the Republic of Korea through its Korea Cooperation International Agency (KOICA) is to build a $4.5 million (Ush11.25 billion) ultra-modern vocational training institute in Uganda with an aim of increasing hands on training.
The institute, to be constructed in Kampala, will provide hands on training in four components of welding and plumbing, automobiles, electrical and sewing.
Ms. Kang Younhwa, the KOICA resident representative in Uganda said they will also equip the institute with ultra-modern state of the art equipment’s and machines.
She was optimistic that the Vocational Training Institute would bridge the gap of youth unemployment, help nurture and develop skills that are fundamental in the process of transforming the country from peasantry to modernity.
It is envisaged that construction will be completed by the end of 2015.
It will have an intake of more than 300 students.
Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni who launched the construction of the vocational institute, Ntinda Vocational Training Institute, called upon the education ministry in Uganda to ensure that all the 112 districts have at least one institute that will provide the youth with the necessary skills for their livelihood.
“I am happy to be here because I can see that you are on the right side. The Ministry of Education must build more vocational institutes per district and later, all the 238 constituencies must have a vocational training institute. With them, you can’t go wrong because you will either be a job creator or you will work for someone else,” he said.
The President thanked the government of the Republic of Korea for supporting Uganda in skilling the youth, emphasizing that ‘it is the only way to guarantee the future of Uganda’. He also thanked the students of Nakawa Vocational Training Institute for joining hands with the government in the struggle to liberate Uganda from underdevelopment.
South Korea has been a long term partner in Uganda’s independence for more than four decades.
“I thank KOICA for coming to help us to direct our country to science and skills. That is how we can guarantee our future. I also thank the students for joining me in the struggle to remove this country from under development”, he said.
Uganda’s education minister Jessica Alupo, noted that the institute’s construction, was yet another landmark in the implementation of the BTVET, a program mandated with the task of ensuring the skilling of Ugandans.
She urged the community of Nakawa Division, not far from the city centre, to support the project.
Source : East African Business Week