School outreaches and sensitization project aims at equipping students in main stream primary and secondary schools with intellectual and practical skills. The project will be implemented through vocational clubs established in five schools. the students will then be trained in selected soft and hands on skills. Competitions will be held where the best vocational club and school will be rewarded. This acts as a motivation to other students hence promotion of vocational education.
The problem, that the youth currently face is unemployment and this is attributed to lack of relevant skills suitable for the labor market. In addition, many students cannot eloquently speak in public or interact with people due to low self esteem among others. This project seeks to promote creativity among students right from primary to secondary level and also sensitize the students about the available career choices as well as encourage them to appreciate and take on vocational education.
The project will equip the students with both hands on and soft skills, create awareness of the relevance and importance of vocational skills and vocational education. In addition the students will also be guided and informed of the different and relevant career choices available to them. This will guide them in choosing a career path that is relevant and fruitful after education and in the long run this will help mitigate the youth unemployment problem that Uganda is currently battling with.
In the long term, the project expects to change student attitude towards vocational education that is still greatly perceived as education for failures in the direct entry into the University. Vocational education is not popular among students that's to say one would rather take an irrelevant course at the university than join vocational school. This attitude has contributed to the high level of unemployed graduates with no practical skills due to the theoretical nature of the education system