The Workforce Development Authority (WDA) has partnered with Global Communities (formerly CHF International) to create awareness among Rwandan youth about the benefits of Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET).
The campaign was launched last week at the Private Sector Federation offices where a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between Jerome Gasana of WDA and Milton Funes the Country Director of Global Communities. They agreed to launch a comprehensive media campaign that will include media and interpersonal communication with an aim to promote youth entrepreneurship and life skills development in Rwanda, according to a press communiqué.
Commenting on the campaign, Milton said that enabling the Rwandan youth to join TVET is part of a wider program of Global Communities to build resilience among vulnerable groups. He said the awareness campaign aims at supporting the government plan to develop skills and productivity among the youth as enshrined in the
Second Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Strategy (EDPRS II).
The Director General of WDA, Jerome Gasana, also said that the TVET awareness campaign will not only promote vocational skills, but also emphasize the need for “producing high value Rwandan products.” He said that the target is to reach many Rwandans with messages that encourage them to join TVET and market their products/skills as well.
The campaign will comprise of a series of events including a TVET Expo that is to be organized by WDA in collaboration with the Private Sector Federation at the Gikondo Expo Grounds from 28th October to 3rd November 2013. This was also contained in a separate Memorandum of Understanding signed at the same event between the two institutions.
Commenting on the event, Hannington Namara, the head of the Private Sector Federation, said that the cooperation only strengthens an already existing partnership with WDA to organize TVET exhibitions.
As part of a wider campaign, this 3rd TVET Expo aims at promoting public awareness on the role of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in employable skills development to the general public.
“This Expo is expected to bring together exhibitors from various private companies and TVET institutions in the East African region that are engaged in different sectors that include Hospitality and Tourism, Construction and Building Services, ICT, Technical Manufacturing and Services, Agriculture and Food Processing, Art and Craft, Beauty and Esthetics, Renewable Energy and Water Management, according to a communiqué.
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