Although Uganda’s literacy rate on record is 76%, approximately 95% of the adult deaf persons in Uganda have never been to school. Couple this with the widespread stigma and superstitious attitude towards the deaf, and a decent life for the deaf becomes an impossibility.

Brief Background

When Mr. Francis Kamulegeya (founder & executive director) started Masaka School for Children with Special Needs in 2005, his intention was to make access to quality education possible for the deaf while alleviating the stigma through community engagements.

As of 2022, over 800 deaf children have obtained primary education and vocational skills training. 82 completed primary education and sat PLE exams at the school, 16 progressed to S.4, 10 of whom completed S.6 with 6 going to University.

Despite Masaka SNE’s success, the opportunity for these pupils to progress beyond primary education is very low and even if all the pupils were to progress to secondary and tertiary educational institutions, it is possible that they will still face challenges with finding suitable employment due to the very high youth unemployment rate in Uganda.

It is on this background that Masaka TVET was conceived; to provide education and skills training to both the deaf (hearing impaired) and the hearing youth with the objective of helping them develop the technical and practical skills needed to improve their livelihood and be competitive in today’s ever-changing world.


a) To provide vocational training skills for the youth as well as offer support to the youth to promote technical craftsmanship among the youth for self-reliance.

b) To provide vocational training programs that are aligned with, meet, and aimed to satisfy the demand for the local labor market.

c) To train young people to learn a trade as well as equip them with skills to enable them to find a job or start their own business.

The College Facilities

Training, lecture & study rooms.
Which can accommodate 25 students/trainees seated lecture room style.

Meeting and events halls.
Two large halls for the institute’s meetings and events, as well as workshops for providing training that requires heavy machines and equipment.

Students accommodation.
Two large hostel buildings one for boys and one for girls, of which can accommodate 240 students.

Other shared facilities.
A kitchen, dining hall, students’ common room showers & washrooms.

Community facilities.
A clinic to provide medical services for the students of both Masaka SNE and Masaka TVET students as well as their staff and the neighboring community.

Recreational facilities.
A sports field comprising of a pitch that can be used for multiple sports events.

Staff housing and service quarters.
A staff residential housing block consisting of ten 10 staff housing units.

Browse Available Programs

Beauty & Hairdressing

Access the best possible training to students studying for the hair and beauty workplace.

Building & BrickWork

You can start or boost a career in Building & Construction at Masaka VTI.

Tailoring, fashion & design

Masaka VTI teaches students how to practically handle machines and theoretical knowledge.