Making sure that people are well equipped for the future is a fundamental part of education. 

Unfortunately, there are few opportunities for people to learn practical skills that will complement their academic studies and enable them to set up and run businesses, and support themselves and their families, in refugee camps and settlements. 

With UNHCR in Uganda we have successfully trialled introducing vocational skills training into the mainstream secondary curriculum in two settlements, Kiryandongo and Nakivale. At specialist Vocational Training Centres, students learn skills from hairdressing to engineering and farming and earn certification, accredited by the Ministry of Education, Directorate of Industrial Training. 

Over a two-year period students undertake projects and assignments that mirror real-life situations, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to enter employment, to create their own enterprises, and improve their motivation and productivity. 

Read more about our work in this area here.