Learning Informally: A Case for Arts Learning in Vocational Education and Training in Uganda

Article Authors: Maxwell Godwin Openjuru Ladaah, Kathy Sanford, Bruno de Oliveira Jayme, David Monk


This paper advocates for the inclusion of the arts in vocational learning programs in Uganda, as an integrated form of holistic learning oriented towards empowerment and entrepreneurship. Using community-based research in the context of vocational education and training (VET), our data emerged from open-ended interviews, focus groups and youth-led radio talk shows with stakeholders from public and private sectors, instructors, artists, NGO’s. Three significant themes arose from the data collected. Firstly, the pathways available to learners to become artists are limited by neoliberal and technicist orientations towards education. Secondly, there are significant potential opportunities and interests. Secondly, there is a thriving informal youth-led arts community in northern Uganda, which thirdly, without ways for learners to generate income, they are not able to devote their time to learning through the arts, and their artistic endeavours are not recognized as important skills in their communities or in society. We demonstrate that there is a vibrant space in the informal sector of arts, that if supported could become important and much needed sectors Uganda.

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Volume 4
Issue No. 1
DOI https://doi.org/10.18060/26078
License Copyright (c) 2022 openjuru Maxwell Godwin Ladaah, George Ladaah Openjuru, Kathy Sanford, Bruno de Oliveira Jayme, David Monk
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