By Kampala Post Reporter
The First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports Mrs. Janet Museveni, who was in China for the 2018 Beijing Summit on the Forum on China -Africa Cooperation, also took time on Wednesday afternoon to visit one of the Campuses of the Beijing Fengtai Vocational High School to share experience on vocational education.
The Beijing Fengtai Vocational High School founded in 1982 is a national key vocational school in China which has 11 campuses and an enrollment of more than 4,000 students.
Mrs. Janet Museveni, who was accompanied by China’s Ambassador to Uganda H.E Zheng Zhuqiang, was welcomed at the school by the Directors, Principal, instructors, students and officials from China’s Education and Foreign Affairs Ministries. They were taken on a guided tour of the Vocational school, which offers a variety of skills and talent development for both Chinese and foreign students.
Among the trainings she witnessed going on at the school was the Minnong pottery and porcelain making, Yiwen traditional embroidery in modern style clothing, film make-up, Aviation service etiquette and hardwood handicraft. She also visited the digital poster designing and production class, video editing, visual art creation, Internet of Things (IoT) and e-commerce comprehensive training and toured the collections exhibition.
Mrs. Janet Museveni appreciated seeing a different type of vocational school that offers a variety of skills unlike many of those in Uganda that teach only one discipline.
She said that Uganda’s Ministry of Education is currently interested in partnering with experts that can train the Instructors and Trainers of Trainers for the Technical and Vocational Institutes in the country. She said they will pursue the possibility of partnering with the Beijing Fengtai Vocational High School through China’s Ambassador to Uganda and Uganda’s Ambassador to China.
While giving a brief the Principal Zhao Aiqin said Beijing Fengtai Vocational School gives lifelong education at different levels, adheres to the teaching concept of “shaping a pair of thinking hands” and satisfies the talent needs of the modern service industry. She added that the school offers high ended international disciplines, pays attention to the entrepreneurship skills of the students and also has connection to the local enterprises and tries to make the students fit into the current industries. Some of the major disciplines provided by Beijing Fengtai Vocational High School are Chinese and Western Cuisine, automobile repairing, pre-school education, computer technology, culture and arts among others.
Zhao Aiqin said that the vocational school is committed to training talents to serve the economic growth of Beijing, and that they also have several programmes of international education and cultural exchange which Ugandans are welcome to join.