Kadaga roots for fashion to employ idle youth

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The Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga, has called for increased activity in the fashion industry in Uganda to be able to favourably compete on the continent.

“This is an opportunity to advance in the fashion industry. We need more fashion designers. I need to see a serious fashion week or month,” said Kadaga as she opened a 10 day training workshop for disadvantaged girls in Nsambya on Monday.

The workshop was organized by COWA Centenary Vocational Training School and is sponsored by the Italian embassy and AVSI, an Italian NGO.

Francesca Romana Bilak, Director at COWA, said that the school was established in 1992 to address the needs of HIV/AIDS orphans, who were left without skills or possibility to continue with school following the death of their parents.

“Today, the school is open to take all orphans regardless of the nature of their parents’ death as well as vulnerable youth from very difficult socio-economic background who are in need of our services,” said Bilak.

She said that the school now offers vocational skills training to all categories of people interested in skills acquisition and self-reliance.

Bilak said that about 78 percent of students leaving the school are either gainfully employed or self-employed.

The Speaker was happy to learn that a high percentage of students leaving the school are either gainfully employed or self-employed.

“Every week I meet about 300 youths with various education qualifications, all seeking how to be gainfully employed,” she said.

“If we do not address these idle youth, they will become a security problem.”

The Italian Ambassador to Uganda H.E Domenico Fornara pledged continued support to the school and promised them a workshop on Italian Cuisine in mid October this year.

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