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Gov’t to Expedite Operationalisation of Skills Development Facility

The Minister of Education and Sports, Janet Museveni indicated that SDF comes at a time when government cannot compromise on skills development and would seek to operationalize the fund faster now that pilot has proved successful.
A official from Nurses Concern for Adolescents at the SDF fair at UMA Lugogo explaining to attendees some of their products

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Government has said it is pleased with pilot results of the skills development facility (SDF) and was taking steps to fully operationalise it.

In a speech read for her by the Education Ministry Permanent Secretary Alex Kakooza, at the SDF exhibition fair at UMA Lugogo on Tuesday, the Minister of Education and Sports, Janet Museveni indicated that SDF comes at a time when government cannot compromise on skills development and would seek to operationalize the fund faster now that pilot has proved successful.

She said the programme would link employers both public and private to skilled youth.

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The fund, currently running a 120 billion Shillings kitty, is supported by the World Bank and implemented by Enabel, a Belgian Development Agency, and Ministry of Education and Sports.

The skills' training is in fields of construction, tourism, oil and gas, agriculture, and manufacturing. It has been running as a pilot since 2017.

Under the programme, some 45,000 young people have already been trained with 1,200 of the trainees placed in companies for industry-based training.

Patrick Bitature, the chairman of Private Sector Foundation of Uganda (PSFU), said the programme was bearing fruits, with those getting placements at established companies and some starting their own ventures.

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Kampala-based Nurses Concern for the Adolescents, one of the organisations that received grants under SDF, says it was able to reach more women and youths for training in income-generating activities like mushroom cultivation because of the fund.

Its leader Juliet Kigonya told URN at the exhibition ground that she ventured into helping its members into income generating activities after they realized that the psycho-social support they provided them was not enough – many needed financial independence. 

Its members learn how to make mushroom cocktail juice, mushroom wine, and packaged mushroom for sale. 

They also keep rabbits, which are sold to Fresh Cuts and Mega Standard supermarket.  She said they have trained more than 100 women in mushroom cultivation and harvesting to post-harvest handling, thanks to grant from SDF.

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