Kasese District has one public vocational institute, the Kasese Youth Polytechnic, which was established under a presidential pledge in 2011.
Currently, the school has more than 300 trainees in formal and non-formal trades. Since its inception, the institute has faced challenges with water access.
A non-governmental organisation came to the aid of the institute and offered to extend water from River Nyamwamba to the school to facilitate day-to-day running of the institute, support the agro-forestry project they are currently running and construction of modern workshops and learning blocks - all funded by civil society.
This has not been realised since Civil Aviation Authority in Kasese is opposed to the project and have denied access through their land. The attempts at the district and national level to resolve this have not born any fruits. This project, if completed, will significantly change the face of the institute.
The President has always urged the youth to acquire skills. However, the condition in many institutes remain wanting and deliberate actions must be taken to improve them. I appeal to education actors and politicians to take this matter up.