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
Education For All In Uganda
Education For All In Uganda

IMPACT OF VOCATIONAL SCHOOL TRAINING

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.

 Beneficiaries

 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: https://youtu.be/7tjqRly5LrA

 Youth Two: https://youtu.be/1OPzdf0jA4A

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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

Achievement

 

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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Teacher during a teaching session

Early childhood occurs before the age of eight years and it is a period where a child goes through the most rapid phase of growth and development. These years are very critical because the brains of the child develop so fast than at any point of their lives. The foundations for their social skills, self-esteem, moral outlook, perception of the world as well as cognitive development all happen at this stage. Therefore, early childhood education is encouraged for the healthy development and nurturing of these important foundations into a child.

Around the world, children have stayed home from school to help reduce the spread of coronavirus but this has been disruptive especially in the lives of young scholars in the kindergarten section. With schools closed and children staying at home, it is easy to slip into the summer vacation mindset. It is therefore to keep children engaged in a healthy way while out of schools and classroom environment. Teachers, school leaders, and caregivers around the world have been grappling with how best to support students during COVID-19.

At Another Hope children's Ministries, we looked for different ways of engaging the students, and among them are availing study materials like textbooks, printed questions, and answer work materials and getting study materials from the children’s schools. However, this was not enough for kindergarten children because they are young children not like other students, their needs are unique.

Arrangements were made and we got a visiting teacher specifically to handle the kindergarten children to help them study during the lockdown. A total number of 12 children on Another Hope Children’s Ministries sponsorship program have been engaged by the visiting teacher at the children’s home and for the community children, meeting the teacher at her home through this period with study items according to each child’s class. This has helped the children remain active about studies and not forgetting what they had studied since this has been a long period of time out of school.

ACHIEVEMENTS

I am 7 years old. My school is Jayden’s Kinder and Daycare. When we stayed home for a long time, I thought I was done with school and it was very hard for me to study even when our Aunt tried to tell us to study in the library. I am happy that our teacher started coming to teach us and now I know I am not yet done with studies and I have been reminded what I learned by the teacher.

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MANAGING EDUCATION DURING COVID-19

 There are many negative effects which arose to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic across the globe and most of these were as a result of the measures put in place by different states to curb the spread of the pandemic. Among these was the closure of schools and higher institutions across the global. Currently approximately 1.725 billion learners worldwide are affected due to school closures and about 15 million learners in Uganda have not been in school for the past two months in response to the measures to limit the spread of the pandemic.

However, education is an undeniable right of children in times of stability and crisis. It is therefore a responsibility of the caregivers (parents or guardians) to ensure that children enjoy their right to education even during this period of the pandemic. Another Hope children's Ministries, we take care of children in different classes at different levels of education. Among them are kindergarten children, primary, secondary and vocational school. There are sixteen children at the children’s home Another Hope Children’s Ministries runs who are out of school due to the closure but we have taken measures to manage the education of the children until the opening of schools and higher institutions of learning.

Among the measures taken to manage the education of the children are ensuring the Library is in proper order to avail a conducive learning environment and learning materials like pens, pencils, and colors. We also encouraged the children in higher classes/ levels to help their sisters and brothers in lower classes and the staff members to help monitor the children by checking the work. We have also availed remedial work from trusted websites which we print and deliver hard copies to the children at different levels. Some of the children were given trial exercises from their respective schools and we have ensured they do these exercises.

 BENEFICIARY A

Beneficiary A is a senior three student at Light College Katikamu and she is 17 years old. The beneficiary expressed her gratitude for the way they have been helped to acquire education even during this hard situation. She has managed to have time for her studies and she has learned more through using the reading materials given to her and there has been more time to revise what was taught at school because of the conducive environment. The textbooks bought for the children as requested have also helped her to manage education during the pandemic.

Young lady with her text books
Young lady with her text books

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