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19-Year-Old Girl Wins Automotive Engineering Gold Medal in Technical Competitions

Oumugisha says that it was very challenging to take on the automotive competition, saying that she didn’t expect any medal.
Oumugisha Praise Show casing her works after repairing a Vehicle

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Praise Oumugisha,19, has won a gold medal in the Western Region National Skills Competition organized by World Skills Uganda Secretariat.  The first year certificate student of Automotive Mechanical engineering studies at Nyamitanga Technical Institute in Mbarara city beat 17 male challengers. 

She will now represent the western region in the National skills competitions scheduled to take place in Masindi district in December 2021.  Eighteen institutes from 33 districts comprising western region participated in the competition. 

The competition rotated around electrical engineering, Auto-mobile engineering, Bricklaying and concrete practice tailoring and Fashion designing among others. Oumugisha says that it was very challenging to take on the automotive competition, saying that she didn’t expect any medal.

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She says that being the only female in a class of over 40 men gives her more confidence to achieve her dream. Oumugisha dreams of advancing to a diploma and hopes to be able to repair all sorts of engines  in the next five years and open her own company.

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Gilivazio Bafaki, the Principal Nyamitanga Technical Institute, notes that girl child involvement in Technical and vocation education is very low. He notes that Oumugisha has set a good example that will help to the change the mindset of girls towards vocation studies. 

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Diana Tumuhimbise, the head of training at the World Skills Uganda Secretariat, says that with such people in competitions they Inspire other trainees to demonstrate their skills to major public and private sector players.  

 

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The National Skills Competitions started after Uganda became a member of the world skills in 2018. The Winners at the National level will represent Uganda in Shanghai China.