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Karamoja Region Skills Development Project

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TOP BOSS AT THE EMMANUEL AND BROS ENGINEERING SERVICES WAS CASUAL WORKER

TOP BOSS AT THE EMMANUEL AND BROS ENGINEERING SERVICES WAS CASUAL WOKER

Onoit Emmanuel, has been through a lot to become the experienced wielder that he is today. From being a casual laborer offering manual labour by weeding gardens in his village for pay as little as UGX 10,000 ($2) per 0.5 decimals, a casual work at construction sites, to a security guard under G4C security group, providing free services in electronic shop in Jinja in exchange for food and shelter.  The young skilled wielder   from Nakapiripirit Vocation Institute in Karamoja who also doubles and Building and construction student in the same school, smiles happily as he fabricates items at his workshop. “This skill is my life, it puts food at my table and has earned me respect in this place” he affirms, adding that the youth in the area have now given him many respectable titles ranging from being calling “an engineer” “Ekapolon-to mean boss” Consultant etc. Luck came in form on an advert that was pinned on a mango tree at the Uganda Technical College Elgon, where he had dropped out of school as a student because he could not afford fees. Enable with funding from Irish Aid was recruiting Karamajongs who were willing to acquire skills for development. Onoit who had earlier attended technical training in a “fake” non-registered school in Mbarara, had spent all the little savings to give him an education. He had lost money and was not certified as well. “This opportunity wiped all the tears I had cried after losing my money to a fake institute” he speaks with emotion.“I could not let this skill go to waste, I started as worker in this workshop, but as time went on the business did not perform well and owner wanted to close” he says. He pleaded with him and slowly by slowly through dedication and hard work, he revived it, acquired equipment and moved location to set up his own. He pays rent worth UGX 80, 000 per month and has built capacity of up to UGX 4,000,000 worth of assets.  He is grateful that the programme has facilitated to attend capacity building workshops to improve his skill. Recently he even signed up memorandum of understanding with the Nakapiripirit Vocational institute to help train fellow students under the private public partnership agreement.  Born to Mr. and Mrs. Among Phoebe and Omoit Michael bot peasants, onoit attended Alengo Primary school, Sajik royal college and Serere High school before joining the many institutes where he studied. He represents a group of youth with formal education willing to take up technical education.  

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