Mary Bennell and Mark White with Sweater Weavers at GDPU Open Day 2014

‘Enhancing the Capacity at Gulu Disabled Persons Union’ was set up in 2017 by two returned Voluntary Service Overseas volunteers, who had worked in Gulu, Northern Uganda from 2013 to 2015.

Mary Bennell and Mark White both worked on the Youth Development Programme, Gulu Disabled Persons Union was one of the most impressive institutions that they worked with, the GDPU teachers were some of the most dedicated and the GDPU students some of the most hard working and innovative on the YDP .

YDP Electronics Students at GDPU
YDP Electronics Students at GDPU

On their return to the UK, Mary and Mark wanted to find a way to continue the support given to the ex GDPU/ YDP student business groups. After long discussion and consultation in Uganda and in the UK, ETC at GDPU is the result.

In Gulu Mary worked on Monitoring and Evaluation for the whole Youth Development Programme, but also worked very closely with GDPU students on Peer Support and in developing a Disability and Vocational Training Good Practice Guide for all Vocational Training for colleges to use; a crucial training resource.

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Disability and Vocational Training Report, dissemination

Mark worked on the curriculum design and delivery aspects of the Youth Development Programme. He was  the Vocational Training Specialist based in Daniel Comboni Vocational Training Institute in Gulu, but also ran workshops across the programme supporting individual teachers and liaising with college managers.