Uganda is facing a renewed awareness within government and among key policy makers of the critical role technical and vocational education play in national development.
The government's commitment to skilling Ugandans with business, technical and vocational training opens a new window of hope for thousands of unemployed youth lacking employable skills required in the job market. This however is coming after decades of alienation suffered by the sector, partly because colonial and post-colonial education policies did not set out to teach people to acquire productive skills.
Unfortunately, the lack of technical skills affected the development of a middle class in Uganda. A skilled middle class would have been job creators rather than job seekers. The system of formal vocational skills training in Uganda however can be traced back to the late 1940's when the World War II former camps were converted into skills training centers to re-train demobilized soldiers and youth to attain skills for survival.