While most people attain some education, usually they are just not able to continue with higher education because of lack of funds or access to it. We strongly believe that establishing a vocational school will go a long way in reducing the high unemployment rate that is found in Uganda. Vocational training is one key to eradicating poverty for many people in Uganda and Africa at large.
HIU will thus become a center for supplemental education, providing young people with the goal setting emphasis and practical training they need to be successful in their lives. Training classes will include jewelry making, carpentry, brick laying, masonry, metal fabrication and woodworking. From a medical aspect the training will be nursing, radiology and nutrition.
Our Vocational Education Objectives
These are skilled areas that have low start up costs, and there always exists a good market for these trades. Poverty and low self-esteem can be eliminated when people possess a viable means of earning an income. Hope Institute will establish vocational training with the objective of training and providing technical skills that will usher participants in the program into the job market quickly.
These skills can be learned in a very short period of time, from just a few weeks to two years. The training will start at the Makerere work site and later transfer to the new location in greater Jinja area.
HIU plans to have a ware house / store where the products of the vocational institute will be marketed to the public. This will generate income for the institute will help students towards their tuition expenses.
The list below are the skills we are currently emphasizing:
Cow horn Crafts workshop:
At the present time, we contract out our work to cow-horn artisan, Vincent Okema based in Nakawa, Kampala for all the cow horn bangles and earrings. We have since asked Vincent to transfer to our workshop at Makerere, Kampala with the objective of him training others in the craft.We will start with a rented facility at Makerere, Kampala by providing Vincent Okema, the Cowhorns craftsman with better working environment. The Hope Institute has obtained and shipped the equipment for workshop via the Medical supplies and equipment shipment this June, 2008. At the workshop in Kampala, the cow-horn product jewelry will be made and refined. It will also be the first training site for Hope Institute. We plan to have a beading group located at this worksite. This site will house the offices of HIU
We need volunteers who can teach these skills and mentor our students for 2 weeks to 3 months at a time is in high demand. We realize that we are fortunate to have an abundance of people who posses a variety of technical skills. We are endeavoring to recruit some of these skilled people to help with our project.
Arts and Crafts:
We currently have four beading groups made of at least 8 women each that have been making jewelry for Jinja Jewelry since 2007. These groups are based in Jinja, Bugodi, and Iganga, Uganda. The Jinja group has members who have been displaced by the war in Northern Uganda and all of them were unemployed. Jinja jewelry has provided employment for them, thus bringing the hope of financial independence.Together, these four groups provide employment for over 40 women and 12 young men.
The unemployment rate in Uganda is close to 60% of the population and although some will have had a basic education up to completion of high school, many young people have not found jobs. Historically, vocational education has not been a priority of the education system. We do feel that the teaching of simple skills like making chairs and beds and other furniture will be a key in getting young men and women off the streets, away from alcoholism and other high risk behaviors that are rampant in Uganda. Furniture made will be sold locally and hopefully internationally, in other African countries.
Carpentry Shed, show room and offices and volunteers to travel to Uganda for a three week period in the summer of each year, and join our Ugandan building team in raising the walls of these buildings.