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BBI will support another humanist school - Pearl Vocational Training College

Posted: Sun, November 05, 2017 | By: Past Projects

Brighter Brains Institute has a new goal—we will assist another humanist educational organization, called Pearl Vocational College.

Pearl Vocational College is located in the village of Lwengo - near the larger city of Masaka, in southwest Uganda.

BBI members often pass through Masaka on their way to inspect BBI-supported primary and secondary schools in Kasese District, farther west. Three years ago BBI helped launch a computer school in Masaka. We are glad to be returning to this area (which is famed for its delicious grasshoppers).

Kato Mukasa is the director of Pearl Vocational Training College. BBI members met with him in Kampala, in June 2017, and we’ve had extensive conversations with him via email. Kato is also a Board member of IHEU, the International Humanist and Ethical Union.

Lily Rice, a director of the Brighter Brains Institute, has already visited and praised Pearl Vocational Training College in this article.

Pearl Vocational Training College was founded by HALEA members. (Humanist Association for Leadership, Equity, and Accountability). Pearl Vocational Training College is an Empowerment Project for marginalized and victimized teens, young mothers, and village women in rural Lwengo. It is secular, rational, ethical and scientific in its approach. Pearl Vocational Training College provides vocational skills including hair-dressing, tailoring, catering, hospitality, craft-making, computer studies, decoration, events management, and gardening. Its focus is to train learners to and earn their own income. Among the compulsory subjects Pearl Vocational Training College teaches are Creative and Critical Thinking, Business English, and Business Law. Pearl started in 2016. It offers one year courses.

80% of the learners are young mothers who have been abandoned by their. They cannot afford even the training materials, but support is offered by HALEA and well-wishers internationally.

BBI’s plan to support Pearl Vocational Training College is to raise funding in 2018 to launch a Vanilla Bean Farm. Vanilla is one of the most profitable crops to grow in Uganda.

BBI has already provided HALEA with $60 of condoms, from funds gained via our recent successful “Birth Control for Uganda Humanists” GoFundMe.

More details about Pearl Vocational Training College and HALEA can be found here: and here:


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