East African Tour Guides To Get Standard Guide Modules

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Byaruhanga says since Kenya already has a well-developed guiding module, Uganda will borrow it to improve its own.

Tour guides across the East African region will soon get the same training and manuals to ease their work.  The harmonization will ensure that the guides that are trained in Uganda have the same syllabus like their counterparts in other East African Countries.
 


This means that, the guides can operate in all the countries, in areas like bird watching and nature guiding. However, the guides may need to undergo specific training in each country when it comes to cultural guiding. Currently, the guides do not have a standard uniform training.
 
While Kenya already has a standard and well developed module, Uganda and other countries are still developing their own. Herbert Byaruhanga, the chairperson of Uganda Safari Guides Association says with the formation of the Federation of East Africa Tour Guides Association, the task of harmonizing the standards will be easy.
 
He says as the team players they are already working to ensure that all the East African tour guides have a standard training that makes their work easier;


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Byaruhanga says since Kenya already has a well-developed guiding module, Uganda will borrow it to improve its own. He also says the tourism fraternity in the country is working closely with the South African tourism sector to further improve the training for tour guides. 


Currently, Ugandan tour guides are considered among the best in the region. Apart from their professionalism, the guides are also said to be kind and knowledgeable about their areas of guiding. Last year, a group of tour operators went to the courts after Uganda Tourism Board and Uganda Safari Guides Association introduced compulsory examinations for all tour guides.
 

At the time, Uganda Tourism Board said those who did not pass the examinations would not be licensed to operate in the country. However the High Court ruled that, though examinations of tour guides should go on, it shouldn't only be used to recruit the tour guides in the industry.