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Gov’t To Send 17 TVET Students To Namibia

At least 17 vocational students will represent Uganda next month in the World Skills Competition. These will take place in the Namibian city of Swakopmund.

The announcement of this development happened on Friday during the unveiling of the winners of this year’s national TVET competition.

The Technical Vocational Education and Training competition happened at Nakawa Vocational Institute in Kampala.

The announcement marked the end of a three-month exercise that saw events organizers comb all four regions of Uganda with exceptional vocational skills.

The skills areas included painting, fashion and design, nursing, midwifery, medical laboratory, welding, and cabinet making.

Others also included electrical installation, bricklaying, hotel processing, cookery, plumbing, hairdressing, and pharmacy among others.

The competition in Namibia will run from March 28 to April 2. From that event, exceptional performers will be selected to represent Africa in the World Skills Series in Shanghai, China later this year.

Narasi Kambaho, the public relations officer of Uganda Business and Technical Education Board (UBTEB) hailed the competition. He said it is one of the ways to improve creativity among the country’s TVET graduates.

“You must be able to add value where you stay. That’s why as UBTEB, we are emphasizing competency-based learning. The skill exhibited in this competition show we are slowly getting to where we want to be in terms of skills,’’ Kambaho said.

Dr. Safina Musene, the Commissioner of Health Training Institutions at the Education Ministry also said the competition will help rebrand the sector. This will help in the bid to improve the perceptions towards TVET.

She thanked stakeholders, especially the Belgian government, which has supported Uganda since 2018. It apparently also paid all subscription fees for Uganda to participate in the World Skills Competition.

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