First lady wants Ugandans skilled in gold and silver jewelry making. The First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports Mrs. Janet Museveni has said that Ugandans need to be trained in crafting jewelry from gold and silver which special metals are available in the country.
She expressed concern that a lot of jewelry that Ugandans make currently is from beads and papers while the gold and silver is just exported in raw form.
The First Lady was meeting the Egyptian Ambassador to Uganda H.E Tarek Sallam together with his wife and Farah Abdel Hamid, an expert in jewelry designing and metalsmithing from Cairo who called on her at State House Nakasero on Tuesday.
The First Lady and the Egyptian delegation discussed many issues including how young Ugandans could benefit from the Egyptian Expert’s knowledge and skills in jewelry making.
Mrs. Museveni said there are many Technical Institutes in Uganda trying to impart skills to the young people and welcomed the Jewelry and Metalsmithing expert from Egypt to come and train some Ugandans who will in turn train others in this trade. “I want our young people to get real skills to be able to craft special jewelry and other things from these expensive metals”, she said.
She also pointed out the need for developing skills for processing cotton into fabrics and said that Ugandans could share the experience and expertise of their Egyptian brothers and sisters in the cotton textile industry.
Ambassador Tarek Sallam informed the First Lady about available scholarships for Ugandan students to study in Egypt and about an offer made by the Egyptian President to treat one million Africans suffering from Hepatitis C using medication produced by the Egyptian Pharmaceuticals. He also invited her to Egypt for the 2019 African Cup of Nations.
On her part, the Egyptian Multidisciplinary artist said she was willing to offer training to Ugandans that could take a period of six months.