“You have the greatest role in making your dream come true. Make a right and passionate choice for your future, work for it, and do not be swayed away from it until it is a reality.”

James Opio

Senior STEM Advisor

James hails from Alebtong district in Lango sub-region, and completed his undergraduate degree – BSc Petroleum Geoscience and Production at Makerere University and graduated in January 2019. Throughout his education journey in secondary and university, he maintained excellent grades and was always on top of his class. He got 17 points at UACE and was among the first beneficiaries of the Student Loan Scheme. 

In 2009, he traveled to Brussels, Belgium, sponsored by VECO, on a campaign to raise funds to start student farm projects in 3 schools -Apala S.S, St. Katherine S.S, and Amach Complex S.S.  

Throughout his childhood, he wanted to be a teacher and had little or no knowledge about STEM. He started encountering technology ideas during his University studies when he got exposed to technology ideas like Technovation, Robotics competition among others. This triggered him to start interfacing with computer software like ArcGIS, MatLab among others. By the end of his University Education, he had developed a love for STEM.

Currently works as Geologist with Samta Mines and Minerals Uganda Ltd and prior to that, he worked as an ICT teacher at Makerere Modern Secondary School in Kampala.  

He is so happy for how STEM has helped him to achieve his dream of becoming a classroom teacher and scientist. He looks forwards to teaching more young people with Technology related ideas throughout his life.


Email: james@centreforskills.org

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