Vocational Training Centre & Courses

When Edith’s Home was first set up, a small office with classroom attached was built in Kobwin (a village just on the outskirts of Ngora).  By 2006 part of this building was being used to run a 1 year practical tailoring class to local orphaned girls.  This proved to be a great success and when, in 2007, a plot of land was donated to the charity by Kobwin sub-county as a thank you for the work Edith’s Home had been doing, we decided to build a vocational school.

With fundraising from the UK we were able to build a block of 3 classrooms, a kitchen for preparing hot lunches for the students and toilet facilities.  The school opened in February 2008 and offered 3 courses, brick laying and concrete practice, carpentry and tailoring with students working towards their National Junior Certificate (equivalent to GCSE level) over 3 years.  Since the school opened we have seen much success and continued development.  The first cohort of students have completed their Junior Certificates, the UK have added an administration block and bricklaying practical workshop area, whilst the Ugandan partners have fundraised to provide a carpentry workshop.  The school has been fenced, a guard house and a deep bore hole built with a one off gift from the King Cullimore trust.

We are currently looking to expand the project to a point where we would be able to run both the more academic 3 year Junior Certificate courses and 1 year skills based courses simultaneously.  This would help us cater for a larger cross-section of society; those who have missed out on early schooling due to the demands of poverty and family life and are unable to meet the academic qualifications necessary to pass the Junior Certificate and those who have accessed the free state primary education but are unable to afford secondary school, thus having enough academic ability to obtain the qualification but not the funds.  In order to do this we need to raise our monthly giving to provide for the extra teaching staff and feeding costs as well as buying additional tools for students to learn with.