John Alibankoha’s Presentation

UGANDA

THE ROLE OF VOCATIONAL TECHNICAL EDUCATION IN DEVELOPMENT

Friday 23 September at 2.00PM

At Tools For Solidarity

A Presentation by John Alibankoha Director of Rural People in Action for Development (RUPAD) on the current situation in Uganda, the role of Technical Vocational Education Training (TVET) in development and the work of RUPAD.

John Alibankoha has worked for many years with the Uganda Rural Development and Training Programme (URDT) as international partnership co-ordinator, was a local councillor for over 10 years for the Kibaale District in Western Uganda and is the founder and director of a number of projects including RUPAD.

For those of you who couldn’t make it to the workshop, we have uploaded John Alibankoha’s presentation, just click here to read it!

Should you need any further information on John, RUPAD or TFS projects, feel free to contact us!

Art Exhibition 2011

An exhibition of video, performance, sound and sculpture of local artists inspired by the work of Tools For Solidarity.

Magic spread through the Edenderry Mill on the night of February 3rd, when people from Belfast gathered to attend “In Tools”, the very first art event held by Tools for Solidarity.

Local artists and volunteers joined forces to create art representing and inspired by the purpose of the organization: collect and refurbish tools and sewing machines that are then sent to partner organisations in Tanzania to give impulse to the country’s development.

The workshop was exceptionally transformed in an animated art gallery, where visitors could admire sculptures, painting, photography and projections while getting an in depth knowledge of Tools for Solidarity thanks to the enthusiastic volunteers-turned-tour-guides. Music by TCBOO showed guests that tools do have many different lives.

Works from Ben Allen, Paddy Bloomer, Katie Blue, Charlotte Bosanquet, Martin Boyle, Martin Carter, Fiona Goggin, Kirsti Kotilainen, Miguel Martin, Helen McDonnell, Tonya McMullan, Jennie Nash, Ryan O’Reilly, Sam Ruscica and Ross Wilson.

View the exhibition’s gallery here

Tools for Solidarity would like to thank Sign Co., Belfast City Council, Catalyst Arts, PLACE, Wickerman, Mourne Grange Camphill Community and all our volunteers for their efforts in making this event happen.

Fundraising Gig 2011

Paranoid‘s frontman Erig wrote:

Derry, Belfast… very good souvenirs… Everything was OK. Very well hosted from beginning to end.

Everything was well organized before we arrived, starting with our first night at pub (good atmosphere), then hosting, food, checking stuff, some free time without lost time.

THANKS a lot!!!

Especially to all the volunteers, to Stephen… and above all to Ell’o, who made everything possible and great: she managed to mix historic background and rock ‘n roll music, without forgetting Solidarity!

It was a terrific experience. Maybe our (my?) only chance to go to Northern Ireland, discover Giant’s Causeway, make gigs over there… meet and have a chat with local and true people…

Happy to have given good time with our music and our band

Nice bands…

kisses everybody…

A short message from Pierre, Paranoid‘s guitar player:

nice meetings, great fun, interesting cultural visits and rock n roll!

Thank you, guys!

Thanks: TFS would like to thank Le Bastille, local French Restaurant for providing a meal for the bands and French Bureau Export, Le Forum for financial support, all of the bands and the Warzone Collective, the Pavilion and the Sandinos.