Twenty Ugandans were late on Thursday flagged off to China for a one-month vocational training.
At the flag-off ceremony, Rosemary Seninde, minister of state for primary education, thanked the Chinese city of Wuhan for sponsoring the trainees, while noting that vocational training is critical in fighting unemployment.
“For any country to develop, vocational training is the way to go. We live in a world of industrialization and these industries need people with skills,” she said.
Qu Guo, deputy Principal of Wuhan City Vocational College, said the trainees will be taken through various disciplines, including information communication technology and geological studies.
“We shall build an outstanding training program between the two cities. We are going to try our best to help the community and our work is going to continue,” Guo said.
This is the second group leaving for China after the first group of 20 that was there last year.
The first group, according to Vincent de Paul Kayanja, Mayor of Entebbe Municipal Council, is already engaged in income generating activities that are boosting their household earnings.
“This journey through Entebbe should lead us into greater heights. We need to tap into the skilling potential of the Chinese,” Kayanja said.
Kayanja said Wuhan City Vocational College plans to set up a vocational training institution in Entebbe to help skill the community.
Entebbe, located 40km south of the capital Kampala, has a cooperation agreement with Wuhan city. The cooperation agreement among others includes medical cooperation, cultural exchange, sports and skilling. Enditem