Tuesday 23 April marked the day that Ukarimu Academy finally launched the roll-out of its COVID-19 resilience training program with Karamoja Tourism Academy as implementing partner for Northeastern Uganda! Karamoja Tourism Academy This program will be the third training cycle for the Karamoja Tourism Academy focused on improving the quality of service and creating meaningful job opportunities in the Karamoja sub-region of Northeastern Uganda. This program involves all departments in the hospitality and tourism sector: from tourism entrepreneurs and site guides to hotel staff. The pandemic has given an opportunity to scale-up skills Herbert Byaruhanga, the chairperson of the Hospitality and tourism sector skills council in Uganda, says it would be impossible for Uganda to make a reasonable comeback amidst heightening global competitiveness. This surely cannot happen without sharpening the skills of various actors in the sector. He also added that the global COVID-19 pandemic has given Uganda an opportunity to scale its human resources skills. Most Ugandans have academic qualifications with no matching practical skills, making them uncompetitive: both regionally and globally. Time to change that! CEO, Uganda Hotel Owners Association Maximize chances of returning to job According to the Uganda Hotel Owners’ Association, an estimated number of 400.000 people have lost their job as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, in the hotel sector alone.. But that will not discourage us because at Ukarimu, we strongly believe that through skilling the young Ugandans in domains that are considered crucial by their former employees, we can still maximize their chances of returning to their jobs and position the sector for effective recovery! UKARIMU Academy, Implementing team Train young Ugandans in major tourism hotspots The Ukarimu program, in collaboration with EyeOpenerWorks, Mango Tree Uganda, Uganda Hotel Owners’ Association, Matoke Tours Africa, Shanrod Africa Travel and TripXio thus aims to train young Ugandans. In major tourism hotspots such as the Kigezi region, Rwenzori region, Mt Elgon, Karamoja and Kampala and through our innovative, open-source, updated tourism training curriculum. Stay up to date Follow update of the Karamoja Tourism Academy on Facebook social media and sign up for the Kara-Tunga newsletter. Tourism recovery after the pandemic?