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Re-Thinking Technical Vocational Education and Training Amidst COVID-19: Case Study of TVET Institutions in Uganda

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The impact of Covid-19 on education globally has been astonishing. According to UNESCO, as of April 14, 2021, 188 countries around the world had closed schools nationwide, affecting over 1.5 billion learners and representing more than 91 percent of total enrolled learners. To date, UNICEF reports that Uganda is the only country on the African continent where schools remain fully closed for close to two years despite registering low Covid-19 infections and death. Data from the UN agency shows that schools in Uganda have been closed for more than 77 weeks, close to 20 months, and counting. The pandemic also put technical and vocational education to a test unlike any other the sector has seen before. A combined ILO, UNESCO, and World Bank survey highlighted that practical training was severely disrupted nearly everywhere, despite some few positive exceptions. This research presentation explores some of the innovative interventions in the TVET space especially in Uganda as evidence for the need to rethink TVET education across Africa in the midst of Covid-19.

Jimmy Otim

Jimmy Moses Otim holds a Bachelor and Masters of Arts in international business from Makerere University, in Uganda. He is an assistant lecturer in the Department of Marketing & International Business at Makerere University and TVET Specialist for BRAC Uganda overseeing a Mastercard Foundation TVET scholars’ program with 272 scholars in 19 TVET institutions across Uganda transitioning into the world of work. Jimmy is also the Y4BE, project coordinator. A BRAC youth empowerment project funded by UNDP to support 7500 youths in 17 districts in Uganda access dignified livelihood opportunities. In the past 8 years, Jimmy has taught International Business Studies in the Department of Marketing and International Business at Makerere University Business School, a top university in business and management studies in Uganda.


This event is co-sponsored by:

Eberly College of Arts and Sciences

Africana Studies Program

Department of Geography and Geology

Center for Resilient Communities

School of Social Work

Department of World Languages, Literature, and Linguistics

Department of Public Administration

Faculty Justice Network

Honors College