Uganda: Building self-reliance among urban refugees in Kampala
17 July 2018

Nicole, from DR Congo, is the only female student in the new JRS Electronic and Repair course in Kampala, Uganda (JRS)

Kampala, 17 July 2018 - Nicole Muderwa, a 16 years old girl from Nord Kivu, Congo, is one of the 20 students in the new JRS Electronic and Repair course in Kampala, Uganda. The only female student of the group, she sees the course as a door of opportunity. “This new course promises to increase the level of my skills to get money and to develop my living standards”, she says. The Electronic and Repair vocational training course is one of the new skills training JRS Kampala is offering to interested beneficiaries this year. This course is offered in cooperation with the Nakawa Vocational Training Institute. At the end of the training after six months, the students should be able to repair and maintain computers, mobile phones, radios, televisions and other electronics equipment.

Another student, 18-year-old Abdimalik Osman from Somalia is confident that this new course will help him personally and others around him. “These skills are needed in our community and I will take it as an opportunity to help others”.

The insecurity prevailing in South Sudan is what forced 18-year-old Monica Achol to flee her country and come to Uganda. Monica is one of two female students out of eleven who attend the new Computer Networking course. This is an advanced computer course that JRS Uganda offers alongside the existing basic computer literacy class in order to strengthen the livelihood program in Kampala. It is hope the course will improve the beneficiaries’ ability to find employment or to become self-employed and earn a living. The content of the advanced computer networking course, which takes six months to complete, includes various topics in networking, repair and maintenance, as well as software installation and troubleshooting.

Students in the new JRS Computer Networking class showcase their class project in Kampala, Uganda (JRS)

Students in the new JRS Computer Networking class showcase a class project in Kampala, Uganda (JRS)

All vocational skills training include a soft and business skills component and a period of two months of internship to assist the beneficiaries with career development by providing real work experiences and opportunities to explore their interests and develop professional skills and competencies.

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