Skills Training for Employment Promotion (STEP) in Adjumani and Kiryandongo Refugee Settlements

Uganda’s population with over 78% below 30 years (Uganda Bureau of Statistics 2020) is largely under/unemployed due to inappropriate skills (National Planning Authority-Uganda Vision 2040). Yet the Skilling Uganda strategy (2011-2020) recognises the need to create employable skills and competencies relevant in the labour market instead of educational certificates.  Enabel’s 2022 Labour Market Scan (LMS) […]

Vocationalisation Of Secondary Education

Besides the mainstream education structures, WIU has “vocationalised” secondary education. Through this initiative, students attain vocational skills alongside secondary education.  As a result, the students leave secondary education equipped with entrepreneurial skills that they can put to use. Those that may drop out of school leave with professional qualifications awarded by the Directorate of Industrial […]


Ayikoru Christine, a 24-year-old Ugandan dropped out of school after her Primary Leaving Examinations. She lost both her parents when she was 16 years old. She doesn’t have any siblings and lives by herself. Christine refused to stay with her relatives for fear of being mistreated and being forced into early child marriage which is […]


There are two tailors in Nakivale refugee settlement that 17-year-old Edgar Ndashimya admires. A gentleman called Timothy and a lady named Naomi. The two he says are the most sought-after tailors in the settlement, which is Edgar’s goal! “I stay in Kabazana A,” the teenager, also a Burundian refugee living in the same settlement in […]