Rwandan youth whether educated or not are all facing the unemployment problem and the solution to majority of the youth would be learning technical skills to be job creators not job seekers.
With the growth of unemployment especially among the youth in Rwanda, Technical and Vocational Skills are one of the best solutions to get out of unemployment an issue that has made most youth hopeless.
For youth in the Technical School in Byumba sector, Gicumbi district says that now youth do recognize the relevance of studying vocational and technical education as Anitha Umutoni, a student at Byumba Technical School explains, “Learning skills like cuisine and hotelier prepares me to be a great cook and I cannot fail to get employment because people will always eat and I can even start a restaurant,” explains
He also noted that graduates of TVETs have an advantage of getting work tools after graduation that facilitates them to start work immediately after the trainings.
“I am proud to be a builder among the many men we do the same training and I am very sure I have paving my way for a better future,” says Espérance Kwizera, a student of construction.
For Diodore Rwirangira, the in-charge of Youth, Culture and Sports in Gicumbi district adds that students who study technical and vocational skills have the highest chance of getting employment immediately upon graduation.
“We consider it important to contribute towards government programmes and by coming up with this idea, we want our students to graduate with practical skills that will enable them to take part in the development of the country,” he said.
“Youth need to be oriented and learn skills on top of their education for it is their ticket to be job creators instead of job seekers and fight poverty through work,” said Rwirangira.
The government believes that strong, relevant technical and vocational education and training (TVET) programs with solid links to the labour market will contribute to social stability and inclusion, poverty reduction, and sustainable economic development.
Students in Byumba Technical School has an added advantage over others as during their trainings they are given a monthly allowances for maintenance and they are obliged to save some for their future ventures. “These savings act as their capital when they graduate and also facilitate them to access loans after joining cooperatives” he noted
Students who graduate from Technical schools are encouraged to form cooperatives and venture into big projects like Hanga Umurimo Program where winners get funding for their projects. Gicumbi district so far has 6 TVETs schools.