CINOP will work on inclusive vocational education for refugees in Uganda

04 September 2020

CINOP is proud to announce that we will soon start a project that focusses on quality education for refugees in Uganda: “Inclusive Vocational Education for Entrepreneurship Perspectives in Agriculture (IVEEPA)”. We are excited to start the project together with our partners Cordaid and ADRAA Agricultural College in November 2020.

Aim of the project

With the IVEEPA project we will contribute to the opportunities for agricultural entrepreneurship for young people of the refugee- and host community in the West Nile region. To this end, we work together with five TVET institutes that are capable of including refugees in their education. These institutes will develop a strong agricultural entrepreneurship education programme that trains young people in practical agricultural skills and guides them in starting their own small business within their community.

Refugee context

The refugee population in Uganda is the third largest in the world (1.2 to 1.5 million refugees). The largest refugee population can be found in the northwest of the country, where refugees from South Sudan seek a safe haven. The land is fertile and available in abundance. 95% of the refugee households and 97% of the host community households are involved in food production. Despite these high percentages, the region has great food insecurity and malnutrition of the population and unemployment rates are high, especially among young people and refugees. Only 2% of refugee households have managed to find paid work due to the lack of businesses and potential employers in the region.

Education is the basis for success

Young people gain the opportunity to develop technical and entrepreneurial skills to become successful agricultural entrepreneurs. However, skills alone are not enough. The right knowledge and skills are only useful if a supportive environment is created that gives young people the opportunity to actually start a small business. It is therefore important to link young people to existing agricultural entrepreneurs, to markets, (start-up) capital, and support networks. An important part of the educational programme therefore focuses on building these links with existing companies, financial institutions and mentors. The students will complete the programme with a solid business plan and the necessary tools and connections to implement it.

A focus on inclusive education

The Ugandan Ministry of Education and Sport has been coordinating a strategic plan since 2017 in which it tries to make education more inclusive for vulnerable youth (including refugees). In the IVEEPA project we therefore strive for mixed classes in which 50% of the young people is part of the refugee community. Gender equality is another important topic. The majority of agricultural producers are women, but this is also the group that leaves education after primary school. Within IVEEPA, we emphasize the important role of teachers and (female) role models in making education more inclusive. Teachers can be change agents for vulnerable youth. An important focus within the project is training teachers from the five TVET institutes in guiding vulnerable students, in dealing with trauma in the classroom and in developing inclusive learning materials.

Start of the project

The project will start from November 2020 and will be completed in March 2022. The project is part of the Orange Knowledge Programme; funded by the Netherlands’ Ministry of Foreign Affairs and managed by Nuffic.

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