Vocational Skills Training

VOCATIONAL EDUCATION TRAINING

Poverty is another devil that has wrecked the Rwenzori region and because of this, girls and  have dropped out of school and the effects have obviously been early pregnancies, early marriages, high unemployment rates, and high HIV/AIDS spread  which negatively affects the development of the area.

A case study is  Buhuhira and Bwesumbu sub-counties located in  the great Kyabarungira zone in the eastern parts of Kasese district. The area in question  is regarded as the most backward parts of Kasese in terms of education, economic and participation in the social and  political activities.
Many parents in the rural communities of Kasese can no longer handle the  little fees required by schools to top up government contribution to both primary and secondary levels. This is due to the high levels of poverty in these communities.

Rural Focus Initiative – Uganda is currently practically empowering the youth especially young mothers and girls who have found it hard to finish school and consequently got children at an early age with irresponsible fathers.
Vocational Skills Training help the young mothers to up bring their children after earning some income from the skills got and preach the message against early marriages and pregnancies during their peer interactions.

Following the new curriculum recently introduced by the ministry of education and sports for lower secondary, those in school are now required to train in vocational skills. Therefore this justifies the fact that vocational skills are no longer  for those dropping out of school or academic failures rather for every one to be equipped with the skills as the only option to self employment.

OVERALL GOAL:
To have self reliant and sustaining young mothers and girls

CHALLENGES
Accommodation. It has been and is still the main challenge to offer accommodation to the young mothers and girls from far away places and have no relatives a round our training workshop. This is because  we are in a rental premise and with limited space.

SUSTAINABILITY
Train-Produce-Sell is our sustainability plan. We train the young girls and women, what they produce is then sold to raise funds that continue supporting the project. this too earns the producers some income to take care of their children since most of them are single mothers and bread winners of their families.