Over Rwf 1.3 billion awarded in third round of SDF grants

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The Ministry of Education through Workforce Development Authority (WDA) awarded a total grant of Rwf 1,355,839,432 to 33 winners of the third round of the Skills Development Fund (SDF).

According to the ministry of education officials this grant is aimed to develop skills through the Technical Education and Vocational Training (TVET) centers.

While presiding over the grant award giving ceremony, the Minister of Education Prof. Silas Lwakabamba encouraged private schools to partner with government in training more people in TVET as possible.

The minister explained how government can always supplement to facilities already owned by some of such private schools and do training of trainers, to make a good trend for TVET.

“The overall objective is to build the required skills in the key economic sectors that will make Rwanda a service based economy by 2020, the majority of the people needed to move the economy of this country forward must come from TVET”, said Lwakabamba.

The second economic development and poverty reduction strategy (EDPRS II) will continue investments in TVET education thereby increasing supply of key skills to help fill gaps in the labour market.

WDA through the skills development fund has so far awarded grants worth Rwf 1,287,000,000 in two rounds to 17 winners in 2012 and 20 winners in 2013 respectively to support training in various skills.

Previous winners in the last two rounds have been engaged in sectors like Beauty and Aesthetics, Construction, ICT, Automobile Mechanics, Agriculture, Carpentry, Welding, Electricity, Hospitality, Art and Craft.

Thirty-seven projects previously funded have enrolled 3,262 students and 2012 have graduated.

Kerine Bajeneza from N@tcom Services Limited, one of the beneficiaries commended this support from the government and said “all the beneficiaries will work towards increasing the number of trainers, using the hands-on approach in training, my company won a grant of Rwf 63,703,440.”

The Skills Development Fund (SDF) addresses the rapid delivery of market relevant skills through competitive grant mechanism for short-term training provision.

Currently, Rwanda has 307 TVET schools with each district having at least 4 schools. The Skills Development Fund (SDF) addresses the rapid delivery of market relevant skills through competitive grant mechanism for short-term training provision.