Oblate Voices is a JPIC blog that follows stories of hope and is about how Oblates and associates live and experience mission work in the spirit of the Oblate founder, St Eugene De Mazenod of responding to the needs of poor and most abandoned around the world.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Facing the Future: Empowering Youth with skills in Lukulu - Zambia

photo courtesy omiusa
By Bro Maximillian Mwakacheya OMI
Director - Lukulu Training Center

Lukulu Training Centre was established in 1994 after a feasibility study done by Br. A. D. Sykes and the local committee to pinpoint areas of greatest need in the District. The committee was made up of the Parish Priest of Lukulu, Superior of the Holy Cross Sisters, the District Governor, District Secretary and District Education Officer. Outside opinion was sought from the Vicar General of Diocese (by then Livingstone Diocese) and the Missionary Oblates Provincial.

                                        Originally appeared in Mongu Diocese Newsletter November 2017 issue

The greatest need of that time the committee came up with was, to cater for the Grades 7 and 9 drops-outs. The suggested way of procedure was the setting up of a project (Skills training Centre) to meet the needs of boys and girls in Lukulu District who drop out of formal education. This training Centre was to offer training in Woodwork, Basic Agriculture, Pottery, Tailoring and later on, Typing. Apart for skills training, the Training Centre was to offer basic courses in English and Mathematics.

The Training Centre belongs to the diocese of Mongu and was managed by the Congregation of the Christian Brothers from the time of its establishment to this year January 2017. As from January 2017, the Diocese of Mongu is directly managing the Training Centre. The Rt. Rev. Evans Chinyama Chinyemba, OMI is the Bishop of Mongu. The day to day management of the Training Centre is carried out by the Director and staff of the Centre.

Skills Training Courses the Training Centre has offered
From the time, the Lukulu Training Centre started, it started by offering three skills courses in Tailoring & Design, Carpentry & Joinery, Ceramics and Rural Mechanics. Each course was for two years. The Centre has trained many young men and women who now running their own small business in Carpentry and Tailoring. For those who have studied Computer Studies, a number of these are those who acquire computer skill to help them in their studies at high Colleges and Universities.  Currently, the Centre is offering Auto Mechanics, Brick laying and Plastering and Computer studies to the youths in this district of Western Province and other districts surrounding Lukulu. 

Oblate Bishop Donates Computers to Lukulu Training Center 

The Computer Studies Class received 8 laptops from the Office of the Bishop in September this year. Donation of the 8 laptops to the Computer Studies Class has made it easy for practical sessions in that each student has their own platform without sharing. The Management, Staff and Students are grateful for the donation of the laptops by the Office of the Bishop.

Lukulu Training Centre is now enrolling for January 2018 intake, in the following courses for both Full time and Evening classes: Computer studies – Six (6) Months, Bricklaying and Plastering – One (1) Year and Automotive Mechanics – One (1) Year

More information about helping or enroll at Lukulu Training Centre at http://mongudiocese.com/