Vocational &Technical Skills Development Project
This project has contributing to building Uganda’s human capital skills development capacity, particularly in education, agriculture and vocational and technical skills. This venture has created and responded to labor market demands and propelled productivity nationally in Uganda.
The project objectives are to fight unemployment amongst young people, improve equitable access, quality and relevance of skills training and research leading to job creation and self-employment. This is a life changing venture!
Ugandan President - Gen. Yoweri Museveni, during his latest “State of Nation Address” said that “…only 300,000 people are employed by Uganda government out of nearly 40 million people in Uganda and we do not have any vacancies anywhere in government offices. I strongly advise young people to create jobs instead of seeking for employment” charged president Museveni.
UNCEF recent report indicated that 67% of Ugandans are totally unemployed and living in abject poverty. The ABA Foundation conducted a research on how to fight the alarming levels of unemployment and poverty amongst Ugandan youths and we carried out a training needs appraisal in which young adults including University graduates, school drop-outs, widows, single mothers, and other vulnerable needy groups opted for vocational and technical skills development project.
The provision of Vocational and Technical Skills (tailoring and garment cutting, secretarial, painting, art and design, agriculture, brick laying, carpentry and joinery etc) to young adults in Uganda has not only catered for self–sustenance, but also employment which has enabled them to generate income and fight household poverty. Our biggest problem at the moment is the meager financial envelope that we operate on amidst a great number of social responsibility!
This initiative marked the beginning of what has become a fruitful and rewarding linkage between the world of industry and academia. We are contribute greatly to the development of a relevant and highly skilled workforce that can propelled productivity and national development. We shall continue to emphasize the need for a strengthened linkage with industries in order to have our skilled graduates, who are very productive to continue benefiting from the East African Community integration.
Recent research by Human Rights Watch indicated that 75% of Refugees and People staying in Internally Displaced Peoples Camps engage in prostitution which has led to an increase in HIV / AIDS scourge. These Technical and Vocational Training Centers are meant to fight the risky behavior, empower them to fight house hold Poverty and Combat the spread of HIV / AIDS.
We empower Women, Youth, Children, Widows, Refugees, and Disabled through Training programs and Capacity building. We run a Home Care Bay and Rehabilitation Centers for orphans and destitute children especially those running away from the civil war in the volatile world’s newest nation of South Sudan.
We raise Awareness in the Communities against HIV / AIDS and other Killer Diseases. We also promote Awareness among Communities by running Development Programs to Fight House Hold Poverty and Promotion of Income Generation Projects.