Life Skills Project in Uganda

This project entails the provision of equipment and materials to a Vocational School in Uganda to train ex-Child Soldiers and School Dropouts.

Peace Project: to provide Life Skills to ex Child Soldiers and School Dropouts.

(Vocational Skills for Youth in the Oyam District of Northern Uganda)

Provision of training equipment and material to a rural vocational school in Oyam District of Northern Uganda for ex child soldiers and school dropouts.

Project Start Date: 15 January 2021  

Project Completion Date: 30 June 2021.

This capacity building Peace project entails the provision of vocational training equipment and material to a rural vocational school in the Oyam District of Northern Uganda and is the focus of Ambassador Julius Moto who is the President of the Rotary Club of Westminster West in District 1130. The Oyam District was heavily affected by civil war involving the Lord’s Resistance Movement.  Resettlement of the affected Youth has commenced and they require vocational skills which we term life skills, in order to work and earn a living and this would lead to the maintenance of maintain Peace. There are also a number of school dropouts and they too would be included in this project which aims to provide the much needed vocational training in the area. The main intention is to provide adequate skills for the trainees to become job creators. It will train both genders.

This project is carried out in collaboration with the Institute of Economics and Peace (IEP) which has an agreement with Rotary International to promote Positive Peace. The IEP will provide courses in ethics and good client management. The school has a board of governors comprising nine members of the community and three of the board members are women.

The vocational curriculum will include carpentry and joinery, garment design and construction, block laying and concrete practice, agriculture, hairdressing and motorcycle repair. An inventory of equipment and material that is required has been drawn up and as much as the material as possible, will be sourced from local and surrounding areas. However, some equipment will have to be imported and customs clearance will be obtained by Ambassador Moto through his contacts in the various ministries.

The school will produce some output in terms of reconditioned equipment/machinery as part of the training activities and these would generate an income towards its operations. It would also charge fees to those who are able to afford them.

There is also demand for electrical, welding, plumbing and motor vehicle repair skills and these would be addressed in the longer term.

The Rotary Club of Lira in Uganda has agreed to manage the project on the ground in Loro. President Ambassador Moto is in Uganda from December 2020 to March 2021 and will assist with the implementation of the project.