Parents and teachers have been urged called upon to help in discovering and nurturing young talents.
This was at the conclusion of the nationwide campaign on the importance of having a professionalized Art industry in Rwanda that was concluded in the Eastern Province by Gerard Karamutsa WDA’s officer in charge of career guidance while addressing students at APAPEN technical secondary school in Kigina Sector in the Eastern district of Kirehe.
With about 500 students, APAPEN was established in 2005 by the Adventist church in Rwanda and offers courses in Tourism, Computer Science and Accountancy. Other courses in general education are phasing out.
The Head of Rwanda Arts Initiative Dorcy Rugamba assured students and local residents that one can expose a hidden talent at whatever stage. He used his life experience of having done pharmacy at University but ended up in the Art industry.
Leonard Bihoyiki the Executive Secretary of Kigina sector also called parents and students to think of technical and vocational skills as a path way to improving their standards of living.
He added that with the existing government support to transform TVET, all citizens need to exploit the chance to meet labour market standards as professionals. A continued massive campaign on TVET was also a suggestion from this local official.
WDA in collaboration with the Rwanda Arts Initiative started this campaign in the western province, Northern Province, Southern, Kigali City and lastly the Eastern Province. The director of APAPEN noted that there are students who already have Art related talents they need to be pulled up to high levels.
Christian Ndayishimiye a Senior six student doing Mathematics, Economics & Geography works as a DJ during recreational hours. He likes music and his dream is to become a successful Music producer.
The last symposium held on Wednesday January 30, 2013 came up with recommendations that will be based on to find how Rwanda’s Art Industry can be transformed for sustainable job creation through TVET.
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