Girls have been urged to enroll in bigger numbers in vocational schools to be able to develop confidence in their training for competitiveness on the labor market.
The advice was given by the Minister of Gender and Family Promotion Oda Gasinzigwa during the celebrations of the International Day of the Girl Child to recognize girls’ rights. The day was celebrated at IPRC-Kigali over the weekend.
This year’s theme is: “I am a Girl with vision; I value my education, my right, my future”. It is on this theme that the Minister commended efforts made by female students in Rwanda and encouraged them to aim higher in shaping their future.
According to the Vice principal of IPRC Kigali in charge of academics Eng. Joseph Mfinanga, statistics show that enrolment of female students has gradually increased though their ratio to male students is still below 20 percent. He said that currently there 207 female students out of 5333.
Speaking at the event, Sandrine Umuhoza, a female graduate of IPRC-Kigali gave a testimony of how they have started enjoying fruits from their career. Umuhoza a graduate with carpentry skills joined with others to form a medium enterprise registered with Rwanda Development Board to supply furniture and says it is currently doing well.
Despite the existing challenges, the state Minister in charge of TVET Albert Nsengiyumva said that a lot of efforts are being made to encourage more girls to acquire technical and vocational skills.
He commended the idea to celebrate the International Day of the Girl Child at IPRC-Kigali as one way of showing the youth the importance of TVET in relation to self employment.
The fulfillment of girls’ right to education is first and foremost an obligation and moral imperative. There is also overwhelming evidence that girls’ education, especially at the secondary level, is a powerful transformative force for societies and girls themselves.
It is the one consistent positive determinant of practically every desired development outcome, from reductions in mortality and fertility, to poverty reduction and equitable growth, to social norm change and democratization