WE ALSO WANT TO INCREASE THE CAPACITY OF ADULTS, AND IN PARTICULAR EMPOWER WOMEN THROUGH THE PROVISION OF VOCATIONAL AND SKILLS TRAINING.
WHY VOCATIONAL TRAINING?
- Most adults in rural Uganda are subsistence farmers
- They earn low & unstable incomes
- The average adult has received only 5.4 years of schooling
- 78% of the population is illiterate
- Only 49% of uneducated women make decisions about cash earnings in their households
What School For Life Does
- We facilitate training opportunities to improve the income and financial independence of adults in the community.
- We provide employment opportunities with an emphasis on skills development.
- We work to empower women and improve their social standing in the community.
How We Do It
- We’ve partnered with SewAid International to provide an intensive course in tailoring for 15 women in the community.
- We have built a tailoring room with access to sewing machines, fabrics and other resources.
- We’ve hired a highly skilled tailoring teacher.
- We provide English lessons three times a week for 65 adults and school dropouts from surrounding areas.
- We provide financial literacy workshops for all our staff.
- We have created an agricultural plot to teach local farmers about inter-cropping subsistence with crops that add additional value.
Tailoring trainees now attend weekly English classes, offered through SFL's Adult Literacy program. We will also be establishing another vocational training/youth employable skills training program at our new schools in Bujuuko
We plan on bringing on 10 new Tailoring trainees from Katuuso village in 2016.
How Can You Help?
You can empower an adult in the community and give them a skill that will open new opportunities for them and their families. Sponsor a woman to train as a tailor or donate to train a team member like a cook or maintenance worker.
CASE STUDY: ROSE’S STORY
Rose is an amazing person. She is a 32-year-old single mother with a daughter Annet, a student at Katuuso Primary and Vocational School. Rose left her husband because of domestic violence and moved back to her father’s home. For a year and a half she lived there without a job helping around the farm, until she heard about our tailoring training at Katuuso.
After attending the training program, Rose secured a full time job in our tailoring program making the products we sell in Uganda and Australia.
Recently Rose’s 78 year old father Steven was diagnosed with cataracts – the result of years of welding without proper protection. The cost of removing his cataracts was over $500, normally an impossible amount for him or his children to consider paying. Steven was resigned to going blind.
By working and saving, Rose managed to pay for her father’s treatment. Steven underwent an operation to remove the cataracts and has had his sight fully restored. As a result, Steven has managed to resume his job as a mechanic and Rose has been able to afford her own home.
Your help and support can empower adults like Rose with a vocational education that will ultimately benefit the whole community.