Uganda: Vocational Training and Tailoring Shop Program
69 Vocational Students Progressing in Training: Q3 2019
November 18, 2019
Sylvia Nakiirya and Daniel Wakibi
Summary of Activities
- A total of 69 students continued their studies at Panyadoli Vocational Training Institute (PVTI) in one of the school’s four departments: Bricklaying and Concrete Practice, Carpentry and Joinery, Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy, or Tailoring and Garment Cutting from the January to March intake.
- RMF/WCF has financially sustained Panyadoli Vocational Training Institute (PVTI) and the operation of its four departments.
- The vocational training program has helped enhance peaceful coexistence between refugees and nationals, as PVTI accepts applicants from both communities.
- Staff salaries were paid in a timely manner, which enables PVTI to maintain a highly motivated team.
- Both theory and practical trainings were carried out successfully, and the syllabi were all completed on time.
- The premises of PVTI were maintained through routine mowing, trimming, and sweeping, thus sustaining a clean environment conducive for learning.
- The team conducted follow-up visits to PVTI graduates to observe their working situations and listen to their joys and sorrows.
- Training materials for the semester were purchased and scholastic materials such as books and pens were also distributed.
- During the reporting period, 13 trainees continued their training in Carpentry and Joinery (CJ).
Bricklaying and Concrete (BCP)
During the reporting period, 12 trainees continued their training in Bricklaying and Concrete Practice (BCP). The syllabus has been followed so that the trainees can gain key building skills. The modules cover use of tools and equipment, wall bonding techniques, and mortar techniques. Training is both practical and theoretical to ensure that graduates understand and apply standard building practices in their work.
Tailoring and Garment Cutting (TGC)
During the reporting period, 23 trainees continued their training in Tailoring and Garment Cutting. Training has followed the syllabus, and trainees’ skills have progressed.
Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy (HBT)
During the reporting period, 22 trainees continued training in Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy (HBT). The class steadily followed the syllabus so that trainees can take the DIT exams with confidence. Trainees have continued to learn the arts of hair treatment, shaving, and plaiting various fashions.
In April 2011, RMF initiated the Panyadoli Vocational Training Institute (PVTI) at the Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement after being presented by the refugee community with issues surrounding the lack of skills and vocational training for students graduating from the settlement high school.
After researching which skills would provide the quickest earning opportunities and the most efficient economic investment requirements for RMF, we narrowed the programs down to:
- Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy
- Bricklaying and Concrete Practice
- Carpentry and Joinery
- Tailoring and Garment Cutting
- To train the refugees with relevant vocational training skills
- To prepare the refugees for the work world with entrepreneurial skills for both employment and self-employment
- To prepare refugees with basic skills that they shall use for nation building when returning to their home country
- To foster a cycle of improved economic stability and opportunity in the region
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Emmanuel Bashir graduated from PVTI in 2017. He was got at the site within the settlement. The training he acquired from the vocation has helped him become self-reliant.
Sarah Adyero is among the beneficiaries of Panyadoli Vocational Training Institute in the HBT department. She graduated in 2017 with a startup kit, and last year, she managed to find a room from which to operate her own salon business. With the skills she acquired at PVTI, she is able to provide for her own needs and pay for her sisters’ scholastic materials as well.