Uganda: Vocational Training and Tailoring Shop Program
Community Mobilized to Create Change Through Vocational Training: June 13 – July 13, 2016 Progress Report
July 13, 2016
Summary of Activities
- Community Mobilization and Submission of Applications
- Applicant Interviews
- Enrollment and Trainees’ Orientation
- Vocational Training
- Election of Guild Representatives
- Course Assessments
- Staff and Committee Meetings
- Briefing of DIT Candidates
- DIT Examination
- Graduation Ceremony
This June to September intake is RMF’s 10th vocational training intake in Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement. The training program is scheduled for a period of 3 months: June 13 – September 13, 2016.
Intake and Processing
In order to inform the community of the available training at Panyadoli Vocational Training Institute (PVTI), we worked with Refugee Welfare Councils (refugee representatives) and used various media approaches like posters and radio. We also mobilized the community in institutions like churches and mosques. Interested candidates responded by picking up an application form from PVTI, completing the application, and returning it with the required attachments.
A total of 432 applications were received: 78 for Carpentry and Joinery, 164 for Tailoring and Garment Cutting, 47 for Building and Concrete Practice, and 143 for Hairdressing Beauty Therapy. The applicants’ interviews were held on May 13, 2016. As is our usual practice, other implementing partners in Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement were invited to participate in the interview process. The only partners who participated were from the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM). The interview panels were arranged according to departments.
June 13, 2016 was the orientation day. Orientation activities aimed to help newly enrolled trainees embrace PVTI’s program, which demands commitment from both the instructors and the trainees for time and practice in their chosen vocational field.
The day’s program involved talking to the enrolled trainees as a group and introducing them to Panyadoli Vocational Training Institute (PVTI) staff, as well as introducing the rules and regulations of the institution, the boundaries of the institution, and trainees’ responsibilities. The orientation was led by PVTI instructors, the PVTI Program Manager, and RMF Uganda’s Country Director.
After general orientation activities, trainees were separated into their individual departments, where departmental curriculum was introduced and explained to them.
Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy
The department enrolled a total of 26 female trainees. 16 trainees are South Sudanese and 10 are Ugandan. The class has two instructors. One month into the training period, the class has fully covered two modules and is currently handling the third module.
- Module 1: “Safety and Health and Career Guidance” – aims to empower trainees with knowledgeable about acceptable safety measures required while dealing with clients.
- Module 2: trainees are introduced and guided through customer service policies, and it’s expected that at the end of this module, trainees should have learned and demonstrated hospitality to customers and ensured that customers are comfortable.
- Module 3: Hairdressing” – trainees are introduced to and trained in different hairdressing techniques, which involves hair and hair styling.
Bricklaying and Concrete Practice
The department enrolled a total of 17 trainees: 2 females and 15 males, 11 South Sudanese and 6 Ugandans. The class has one instructor. One month into the program, the class has fully covered four modules.
- Module 1: “Safety and Health, and Introduction to Bricklaying and Concrete Practice” – trainees are expected to state and observe the main safety and health hazards in training and working environments.
- Module 2: “Tools, Equipment, Measurements, and Reading” equips trainees with the knowledge and skills to use basic hand tools and take good care of these tools.
- Module 3: “Concrete and Mortar” – trainees learned to assess the characteristics of good concrete, identify and apply the materials used in concrete, select appropriate ratios of materials used in concrete for ordinary buildings, and prepare and use concrete.
- Module 4: “Walls” – trainees were equipped with the skills needed to build basic types of walls, especially block walls, using tools involved in the process of mortar application and wall-building.
Tailoring and Garment Making
The department enrolled a total of 26 trainees: 21 females and 5 males, 15 South Sudanese and 11 Ugandans. The class has three instructors. One month into the program, the class has fully covered four modules and is currently working on the fifth module.
- Module 1: “Safety and Health, and Career Guidance” – students learned to observe the main safety and health hazards in their training and working environments.
- Module 2: “Tools, Equipment, and Machine Maintenance” – trainees were shown how to identify the different types of tools and equipment for specific tasks and how to care for, clean, store, and maintain tools safely.
- Module 3: “Machine Operation” – trainees studied the manual for electric machines, and they learned how to thread the machines, replace the bobbin, settle race, and paddle the manual machines.
- Module 4: “Materials” – trainees learned how to identify the different types of fabrics and how to select the right types of thread and specific fabrics.
- Module 5: “Construction Techniques” – trainees are equipped with skills that enable them to take clients’ measurements, identify garment patterns, and draft and cut clothing.
Carpentry and Joinery Department
The department enrolled a total of 16 male trainees; 10 trainees are South Sudanese and 6 are Ugandan. The class has one instructor. One month into the program, the class has fully covered four modules.
- Module 1: “Safety and Health” – trainees learned how to state, observe, and minimize safety and health risks in their training and working environments.
- Module 2: “Timber Materials” – trainees were taught all about timber: how to identify different types of timber and state the uses of available timber, timber conversion, methods of timber seasoning, timber defects, and correct methods of storing timber.
- Module 3: “Classification and Use of Hand Tools” – trainees learned how to use different types of measuring and marking tools, drilling and boring tools, and saws.
- Module 4: “Joints Classification, Applications, and Adhesive” – trainees are studying and practicing how to make the different types of joints, including widening joints, frame or corner joints, and mortise and tenon joints.
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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Giving Students a Voice
A body of student representatives, the Guild Committee, was elected on June 21, 2016 by the trainees at Panyadoli Vocational Training Institute (PVTI). The Guild Committee is made up of 15 members, and their main responsibility is to represent the views and interests of trainees at PVTI. The election activities were supervised by PVTI administration. Winners of the majority votes were considered for the respective positions.
Day of the African Child
Advocating for Children
Trainees from Panyadoli Vocational Training Institute (PVTI) joined the other residents of Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement to commemorate the Day of the African Child. The day’s theme was “Protecting Children’s Rights: A Call to Action.” Prior to the celebration on June 16, 2016, a community dialogue was held at the settlement’s Youth Centre. Participants included the Implementing and Operating Partners of Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement, Kiryandongo District Local Government, the Bweyale Town Council, members of the host and refugee communities, and members of the police force. The dialogue addressed policies, the communities’ responsibilities, and parents’ and authorities’ responsibilities, which were clearly explained to bring awareness of issues that concern children in the Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement.
World Refugee Day
Community and Awareness
World Refugee Day was celebrated in Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement on June 23, 2016. Prior activities involved a dialogue about peacemaking on June 21, 2016. Participants included leaders from the refugee community, representatives from Kiryandongo District Local Government, the Bweyale Town Council, and the Implementing and Operating Partners of Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement. Other activities included an awareness march from Nyakadot through BTC and back to the settlement, a football match between refugees and staff from the Implementing and Operating Partners of Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement. The theme of the celebration was, “We Stand Together with Refugees, Please Stand with Us.”
The day’s activities included traditional entertainment from the different cultures that live in Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement and the host community, and speeches from the settlement’s Implementing and Operating Partners, Kiryandongo District Local Government, and refugee representatives. RMF’s Panyadoli Vocational Training Institute displayed products to show the successful results of our training programs.