Iwawa students dancing to the tunes
The Youth at IWAWA Rehabilitation and Vocational Skills Development Centre (IRVSDC) were on Sunday January 27, 2013 sensitized on the importance of Art.
This was the first stopover in a nationwide campaign organized by WDA and Rwanda Arts Initiative to sensitize youth about the importance of having a professionalized Art industry in Rwanda.
A group of local artists staged a show to entertain the youth at IWAWA.
Encouraging a drug free society among youth also formed part of this campaign at IWAWA with former addicts giving testimonies about horrible lives they went through.
The IWAWA center currently has a population of 1931; about 374 are doing construction, 210 in carpentry, and 100 in tailoring. 1249 are still under rehabilitation.
Apart from these vocational skills, youth at IWAWA are also trained in language skills (reading and writing)
Most of the youth at this centre show willingness to live better lives by abandoning bad habits which made them threats to society and ended up in a rehabilitation centre.
According to the head of Rwanda Arts Initiative Dorcy Rugamba, there is need to indentify talents from young people and support them to reach a recognized level.
With one school of Arts in Rwanda which is located in Nyundo (Northern Province), this campaign will also include a symposium to be held on Wednesday January 30, 2013.
It will focus on the Art industry and skills development for sustainable job creation through TVET in Rwanda.
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