The First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports Mrs. Janet Museveni has expressed gratitude for the loans support the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) is giving to Uganda and specifically to the Education sector.
“We are very grateful for the projects that are implemented with support from IDB and we also thank the officials responsible for Africa for the extra mile they go to ensure that Uganda can access loans from the Bank”, she said.
The First Lady, who was together with senior officials from the Education Ministry, on Friday met with the Islamic Development Bank 9-man Mission team which was in Uganda from the 23rd to the 29th of June 2019 to assess the active IDB-funded projects in Uganda and to engage with Government of Uganda as the IDB develops the 3-year Program for Uganda starting 2020/2022.
She appreciated the Islamic Development Bank for choosing Uganda as host of one of the Regional Hubs for Africa, saying that having a resident Country Manager will make communication easier and project implementation faster.
She also called for more discussions on the scholarship opportunities from the Islamic Development Bank, more especially in training for agriculture issues which she said is very important for Uganda in this time for example when it wants to introduce irrigation in agriculture.
Mrs. Janet Museveni commended the effective leadership by the project management team which has led to the successful implementation of the IDB-funded projects in the Education sector.
The IDB Regional Director for Africa and Latin America Musa Sillah, who led the IDB Mission team, said that the Bank is there to serve all its member states in spite of being located in Jedah. He expressed gratitude for the good working relations the Bank has had with the Government of Uganda and specifically the Education sector.
He briefed the meeting about the new developments at their Bank being spearheaded by the IDB’s President including decentralization of the Banks offices for services to be nearer to the people. He added that it is from this that Uganda was designated to host one of the regional offices in Africa and a Country Manager. He introduced Mr. Bah Aly Ban as IDB’s Country Manger for Uganda and Mr. Issahaq Umar Iddrissu as the Manager Regional Hub of Kampala.
The IDB Mission team leader also assured the meeting that the third phase for the IDB project to support the Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET), which was supposed to be implemented between 2016 to 2018 and was delayed due to the restructuring at the Bank’s headquarters, has been rolled over to the next country programme for the period 2020 to 2022.
The scope of the USD45 million project that is yet to be approved by Uganda’s Parliament includes expansion and rehabilitation of nine (09) existing Technical Institutes in Napak, Sembabule, Kabale, Kibaale, Masaka, Busia, Mayuge, Moyo, and Oyam Districts as well as construction of the Ministry Headquarters.
In the last two project phases IDB has addressed infrastructure expansion and rehabilitation as well as supply of teaching and learning materials at Uganda Technical College Elgon, Uganda Technical College Lira, National Teachers’ College Unyama, Uganda Technical College Bushenyi, Uganda Technical College Kichwamba and Uganda Technical College Kyema. The Instructors in the Technical Colleges were trained on how to use the new equipment and the project also funded the National Curriculum Development Centre to review and update training Curricula for 3 Higher National Diplomas in Civil, Mechanical, and Electrical Engineering to be used in all the 5 Uganda Technical Colleges.
The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education and Sports Alex Kakooza was thankful that the Project to support TVET was still on IDB’s radar and said this is a sign of the confidence the Bank has in Uganda. He said the preliminary works for this project are already going on and the project will hit the ground as soon as it is approved by Parliament.