Hands – on – Skills is a priority
In the Annual end of Year State of the Nation address, President Paul Kagame mentioned that there was a duty to encourage the country’s youth to acquire vocational training.
The president said that it was imperative because Rwanda would continue to depend on hands on skills for its development.
“We have a duty to encourage Rwandan youth to acquire vocational training because Rwanda’s economy will continue to depend on practical knowledge,” he said.
He however, said that in order to motivate young people, leaders as well as parents everywhere must understand the value of vocational training.
The President showed satisfaction with the increased number of technical vocational schools as well as the number of students, which has risen from 67,919 to 74,320.
“These students are acquiring skills that will enable them to work in industries, agriculture and also create their own jobs,” he said.
“We must continue to invest in and build the capacity of these schools so that Rwanda can benefit even more from the skills and knowledge of well-trained and greater numbers of graduates,” he emphasized.
The government has embarked on the campaign to strengthen TVET education in Rwanda despite it being challenged by stereotyping among the public who over the years have harboured thoughts it is meant for failures.
TVET has been identified as one way of transforming Rwanda into a middle income country by enabling many people to become self employed.
A number of expositions have been carried out by the Workforce Development Authority which aims at promoting public awareness on the role of Technical TVET in skills development to the general public.