The biggest project in this area, as well as the final wish of our founder, is the development of an innovative professional training hub for the Ugandan tourism and hospitality sector: the Father John Scalabrini Vocational Institute, which will be able to welcome up to 1,200 students a day.
In fact, the Ugandan tourism sector has been undergoing major expansion since 2009 (from 807,000 to 1,543,000 international arrivals in 2018. 2.435 million forecast in 2028) and will play a key part in the economic growth of the country.
In 2019 we completed 70% of the construction work and developed the 7 academic courses on which the students will be able to enrol:
- Culinary Arts
- Front Office Operations
- Food and Beverages Operations
- Housekeeping and Laundry
- Travel and Tourism Operations
- Tour Guiding
- Hotel Management
The school will also offer the students the chance to put the things they learn during the classroom lessons into practice thanks to 4 workshops: pastry, coffee&cocoa, cooking, catering; It won’t just be a simulation but a genuine restaurant open to the public in which they can learn important practical skills and fine-tune their customer relations.
The project is being developed in collaboration with Kenya Utalii College, the most important and prestigious hospitality school in East Africa.
In order to combat unemployment in Uganda the Foundation also supports the activities of 14 workshops, offering job opportunities to 64 workers focused on continuing the work of Father Giovanni Scalabrini, overseeing their training and tapping into the skills they have acquired for the benefit of the community.