The work at Siriba Vocational Training Centre continues. The new term, after the summer break, began in early September. At first students seemed slow to come back after the holidays but now teaching and learning at the VTC are up and running.
As the principal of the VTC, I am spending some time in primary schools explaining to students just how important vocational training is, so that when the new academic year begins in January there should be a good number of new students.
The Siriba VTC is now the only vocational centre in the wider Siriba area. Others, it appears, began, but have not been sustained. This means that it is vital that the work at the Siriba VTC flourishes.
The centre now has official recognition from the Ugandan Directorate of Industrial Training. This gives validation to the courses on offer and also means that the students can enter for fully recognised qualifications.
Money does remain a problem because a number of students and prospective students are orphans so that the fees that they can afford are quite low. This means that for some time to come the VTC will have to rely on external unding. We are hoping that the Ugandan government, having officially recognised the scheme, may wish to put some funding in but, at present the likelihood is that this is a long way off.
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