Construction works of 5 Vocational Training Centers (VTCs) in the Western Province being championed by Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) are expected to end by February 2014.
The works follows two memoranda of understanding signed In April 2013 with SDC and Ministry of Education aimed at establishing one vocational training center in each of the 5 districts of the western province which are; Karongi, Rusizi, Ngororero, Nyamasheke and Rutsiro.
According to the Swiss Contact Country Manager Alexandre Boin the whole construction project plus other activities like provision of equipment and Training of Trainers (ToT) is estimated at $10, 000, 000.
Emmanuel Byamungu one of the local residents in Muganza sector says that many people where he lives especially the youth lack employment and he believes that with this development, that will change soon.
It is through such schools that he believes that even old people will benefit from short course vocational trainings.
Another resident of Gakoni village Dativa Nyirahagenimana also said most young women have lived in poverty due to lack of technical skills.
“We are eagerly waiting for the start of these schools and the introduction of many fields of training that much with our local needs”, added Nyirahagenimana.
Some courses to be offered in these schools according to the Director General of WDA Jerome Gasana include Carpentry, Electricity and ICT mostly to unemployed youth.
Gasana syas that efforts will be made to connect the schools to optic fiber network and introducing other courses to allow specialized training.
The SDC overall goal here is to contribute to increased employment and income generation for rural population in the Great Lakes Region by improving their access to quality and labour market oriented vocational training.
The three year project will work on different sections of Rwanda’s TVET system, with a special focus on non-formal and informal vocational training at provincial, district and sector levels.