The Ministry of Education and Sports has appealed for more funds to scale up the training of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) trainers in Uganda.
Joseph Kikomeko, Acting Director of Higher TVET at the Ministry of Education and Sports, said that although Uganda has “amassed TVET training institutions, there are not many TVET trainers in the country, which limits transmission skills to learners in the sector”.
“We have a lot of training institutions, but the trainer element is still missing,” Kikomeko said, adding, “We seem to have focused a lot on the institutions area and kept a small component for the trainer.”
Taking the example of agriculture, he said, the country’s early trainers “learned on the job” but did not acquire formal skills.
“Most were World War II army corporals. They were training as they normally would,” he said.
He was speaking during a meeting with a visiting UNESCO delegation and Korean officials last week. The purpose of the visit was to assess the implementation of the BEAR II project in the country.
The main objective of the mission, which took place from April 4 to 7, 2022, was to review the progress, achievements and overall challenges related to BEAR II at the national level and to discuss the prospects for the final evaluation of the project before the last year. of implementation.
The delegation that visited the country included; Kim Ah Young, Deputy Advisor to the Head of Mission at the Embassy of the Republic of Korea, Eilia Borovynskyi Associate Project Officer at UNESCO (Technical Support and Coordination), Mame Mor Diarra Ndiaye Senior Project Officer at UNESCO and the regional coordinator of the BEAR II project, David Ochieng Onyango.
The Better Education for Africa’s Rise II (BEAR II) is a joint initiative of UNESCO and the Republic of Korea, which has been implemented for over five years, from 2017 to 2021.
The project supports five East African countries: Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, the United Republic of Tanzania and Uganda, and aims to improve the relevance, quality and perception of TVET systems in their countries.
Among the main activities planned during the mission were visits to the different institutions involved in the implementation of the BEAR II project, a dialogue with the main stakeholders essential to the implementation of the project in order to gather experience first hand of beneficiary engagement. with BEAR II and conclude on best practices and lessons learned since the beginning of the project.
Addressing a group of students and the Institutional Head of Rucid College Mityana, the only private institution in Uganda implementing the BEAR II project during a school visit on Thursday, March 7, Young called for the accelerating the implementation of the new curriculum on agro-industry and post-harvest management.
The new program aims to equip learners with practical skills to produce quality products and extend their shelf life to reduce post-harvest losses, which is one of the biggest challenges Ugandan farmers have faced.
“Integrating entrepreneurship courses into the curriculum will help equip learners with the marketing skills they need to strive in the commercial agriculture industry upon graduation,” Young said.
Kikomeko, who represented the Ministry of Education, commended UNESCO and the Korean government for prioritizing Uganda as one of the beneficiaries of the BEAR II project.
He further added that the Ministry of Education is trying as hard as possible to ensure that the key objectives that the project aimed to achieve are ultimately achieved.
“We (MoES) have tried to ensure that the three outcome areas of relevance, perception and quality are achieved,” Kikomeko said.
He conveyed the appreciation of the Ministry of Education hailing the “tremendous” impact of BEAR II and the transformation it has brought to the TVET sector in Uganda.
During the meeting, the delegation handed over a set of ICT equipment to the Ministry of Education and Sports, specifically targeting the Guidance and Counseling Unit as well as World Skills Uganda.