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Tekera Vocational Trades School
In 2016, 78% of Ugandans could not complete secondary education
Parents still can not afford secondary education, or the schools are too far away
Students who can not participate in secondary education prefer to learn a trade in order to have the opportunity to earn an income in the future
The vocational trades school is an important component of the Centre, it allows individuals the ability to learn a trade or vocation so that they can earn an income in their futures.
Although secondary education is nationalized, lack of funds for school fees and far distances between schools create barriers to education.
Rates of poverty are slowly declining in Uganda, according to the World Bank. Between 2005 and 2009, for every three Ugandans who were lifted out of poverty, two fell back. More than 80% of the population live in rural areas - where education either is not accessible or affordable. This remains an issue for some Ugandans in accessing quality education. If they can not send their children to secondary school, there often are not many other options for their future. The Ugandan Bureau of Statistics has revealed that the nation’s informal trades sector is growing faster than its formal sector. Currently, the informal trade sector accounts for 43% of the total economy, and 72% of Uganda’s working population is engaged in the agricultural sector. Tekera has analysed this, and is filling a current gap in the community by providing skills and training to meet this demand.
The vocational school officially opened in June 2015 by offering classes in tailoring, carpentry, brick building, and agriculture. In 2017, our computer - tech program is launching.
The vocational school was started in partnership between TRC and Schools Building Schools, a Canadian not-for-profit in Canada that focuses on building educational capacity within existing organizations. The programs offered reflect current industries that young people enter as trades. In 2017 we will launch a computer - tech program, offering computer literacy, computer program education, and eventually website user design and development.
The school opened in 2015 and it’s future is looking bright.
The school is fairly new, so it’s impacts are in the progression phase. One of our students recently lost her parents, and has now become the head of her household at 15 years old. She is currently enrolled in our tailoring program, and hopes to support her siblings through earning an income as a tailor once she is complete her studies. In 2016, Schools Building Schools sent an intern to TRC to do an impact evaluation and assessment of the vocational school. This vital information is helping us to streamline and cater the school offerings to the evolving local community needs and economy.
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