Education For All In Uganda

by Another Hope Children's Ministries
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Education For All In Uganda
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Education For All In Uganda


ello I am doing carpentry at cogswell school of art and design.

I used to think that I was skilled in the work that I used to do back in the village where I come and grew up from because I could lay bricks, rear almost all kinds of domestic animals, I used to do local village carpentry furniture and I thought i was at the beam, felt like I had made it because I have elder people who would consult from me and at one point I told my fellow agements and friends that the only thing missing is me starting up a consulting firm .

 One day I was approached by a pastor who introduced me to cogswell because he believed that I needed to polish my skills. I had hated being in class because I believed i was I old and could fit in but I was assured that I was to join a vocational institute and It is going to teach me new skills that meet the demand of the labour market in Uganda and the world at large, I am very grateful that I feel like I am skilled and empowered to thrive in my community.

 The entrepreneur skills that I have acquired from this vocational institute are going to enable me start up a viable furniture business with high profits and better working conditions and all of this is because I have attained upshift skills and it is all because of another hope children’s ministries

That restored my hope by sponsoring me through a vocational training that taught me new skills and introduced me to new furniture tools that I never thought existed.


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In Uganda, we say education is a key to success and indeed its true, many children fail to be who they are meant to be just because no help is rendered to help them through school to attain the necessary skills.


HE had completed his senior four in 2017 and he had no money to continue with his studies, and he had decided to be a barber to look for money to take him back to school, in that process that is how Another Hope Children’s Ministries Sponsorship opportunity was announced at his church and he went and applied for the sponsorship, lucky enough he was granted a chance to study carpentry and joinery for two years, with that big opportunity he has been able to attain a certificate in carpentry and he is currently the carpentry instructor at COGSWELL , because of your support this young man has been able to put his life together and having something he is doing to support himself and the family.

I thank you so much for the tremendous service you have rendered towards the success of many children like him May God bless you.


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According to the National Planning Authority (2017), 87% of graduates in Uganda do not find jobs.Seven hundred thousand people join the job market every year, but only ninety thousand get something to do and even those are underemployed. The graduates are knowledgeable but unskilled, and it is from this basis that employers do not find them relevant in the working environment.

Another Hope Children’s Ministries needed to make a difference in Uganda through skills development in children and young adults by introducing them to courses like Hair Dressing and Cosmetology, Tailoring, Fashion and Design, Carpentry and Joinery and Catering and Hotel Management. All these and many more are hands-on and thus learn a lot through engaging themselves in practical activities.

Many of our children are now employed and striving to self-sustenance. Our efforts as an organization, sponsors and donors are appreciated when these children are living a better life and not being vulnerable like they used to be before joining our sponsorship program.


 Beneficiary One’s story

In 2007, I joined AHCM when I was 9 and in primary three. After my four years of high school, I joined the vocational school. I was trained in Hotel Management and Catering at Cosgwell School of Beauty, Art and Design and attained a certificate from there. I currently work at Quincy Bites as a manager and chef. We specifically do pastry but also bake cakes. I am currently the Administrator at Quincy Bites. With all the responsibilities, comes a salary which I am using to make myself better; from the vulnerable child I was many years ago, into a self-made lady.

Learning this skill opened my mind to the idea of starting my own business plus getting me exposed to the world of work. Given my age, these are my skills which are keeping me at the job here because I went through many workshops

In the near future, I plan to start up my own coffee shop, and it is where I want to go in the future”. My sponsors from when I was 9, Paul and Mary Harrison, and later Tim and Emma Fletcher ,when my education become more expensive, I will forever be grateful for them. 

Beneficiary Two’s story

I joined the AHCM sponsorship program in 2007 when I was 8, and it has been quite a long journey growing into the man I am today.

After my four years of high school, I joined Cogswell Scholl of Beauty, Art and Design where I pursed a Certificate in Hotel management and Catering. I am currently a teacher at Cogswell, School of Beauty, Art and Design where I train students in Hotel Management. I was taken through a lot of trainings and workshops while in school, and they have enabled me to help skill others as well as earning a living. I have made myself better. Being able to perform the way I do has made me win trust from my boss, as she believes in me and that has kept me going.

 I had just graduated and luckily enough, my former school employed me. It is not always so easy to get a job when you have just left school. These are COVID 19 times, but I can still work and earn as we make pastry too.

I have a lot of ideas and I am planning to start up a restaurant or motel. My schooling and employment have given me exposure and I am getting known by many people like the clients I supply, the students I train, and other social networks I create while I do my job. This will improve my knowledge and skills in hotel management and catering, and I will also be able to earn more money so that I can support others. Thanks goes to my sponsors Dan and Nancy Albers who have sponsored me from 8 years old till I graduated. God bless you abundantly.

Conclusively therefore, vocational trainings give students skills which see them compete favorably in the job market. Quite a big number start their own businesses which makes them self-sustaining and gets them out of their vulnerable ways plus helping their family


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 Vocational Education refers to a system or course of study which prepares individuals for jobs that are based on manual or practical activities. Vocational Education is traditionally non-academic in nature and is totally related to a specific trade, occupation or vocation. Because it is Vocation based, it is called Vocational Education. Until recently i.e until the end of the twentieth century, the aim of vocational education was to focus on specific trades such as Tailoring & Fashion design, hair dressing & Cosmetology, carpentry & Joinery, and welding. These were associated with the activities of lower social classes. Because of this, it attracted a level of stigma. Vocational education, in fact, is closely related to the age-old apprenticeship system of learning.

But with the development of economies worldwide, the labour market became more specialized. The demand for higher levels of skill both in government and business sector started increasing. Vocational education has also diversified over the 20th century. Demand for Vocational Professionals is required more than ever in various industries. Vocational education prepares an individual for a job, not college.

  • It makes an individual responsible and independent. Whereas those who study regular courses, lack in this sphere.
  • Vocational skills acquired from Vocational Education teach students the importance of manual work. The physical labour done under certain jobs makes them strong, healthy, active.
  • School drop-outs and adults can also receive this type of education as it provides an opportunity to learn a skill or trade. There are many well-paid career fields in which a college degree is not required.
  • Another benefit is that hands-on work activities allow direct application of acquired knowledge.
  • This education provides stable jobs as many of these jobs are in high demand.

With this background Another Hope Children’s Ministries has chosen to equip youth who have dropped out of school due to lack of school fees so that they can be able to earn a living and take care of themselves, their families and the children they may have in the future. This year 16 youth were enrolled in vocational education. Some are taking full year training, while others are doing a two year training program. These youth will then be sent back to their communities to transform them. Some have great plans after the training like plans to start their own business, and support their families. We can’t wait to see that happen.


Attached is a video clip of some of the 16 youth talking about Vocational Education.

Youth One:

 Youth Two:


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The covid 19 which was declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization has presented many challenges to different sectors of all economies worldwide. The education institutions not being an exception, many of our children were to sit home and count 2020 a dead year due to the closure of all education institutions. As Another Hope Children’s Home, we thought it wise to intervene by contacting qualified teachers from the children’s schools to make sure our children don’t remain redundant for the next 10 months. Through your support we managed to employ teachers who handled 12 (of which 7 were male) kindergarten pupils and 6 (of which 5 were male) vocational students.

The kindergarten pupils were taught throughout the year, they were assessed and made ready for interviews to join the next class. Vocational students on the other hand covered much of their syllabus and by the time they commenced, they were left with little to cover putting them to an advantage compared to their counter parts. This has given them ample time to prepare for their final National examinations scheduled to take place in March 2020



The beneficiary is a vocational student at Cogswell School of Beauty Art and Design offering Catering and Hotel Management. He says the out break of the pandemic and closure of education institutions meant an extension in the time of being in school for another year and the time of graduating as well. He says this was a terrible feeling until he was introduced to the arrangement made by Another Hope Children’s Ministries of continuing with the studies even during the closure of institutions. This gave me and my course mates a chance to cover all that we had to cover at school and we handled the course units we had not yet handled earlier at school like Swahili language and French says the beneficiary. When the government announced the re-opening of the schools for candidates and finalists, we were not on pressure because we had already studied much. We engaged in more practical work as well and now I am preparing for my final exams. I have ample time to revise and I am hoping for the best out of the final exams. I am looking forward to becoming a certified chef.  Thank you so 


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Location: Kampala - Uganda
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