MINEDUC starts dev’t of Diploma level entrepreneurship module

WDA in partnership with JICA Rwanda through Tumba College of Technology on Monday started a nine-day workshop to develop the RTQF Level 7 (Diploma) entrepreneurship module. This workshop-taking place in Musaze district brought together participants, from the private sector, trainers in entrepreneurship from IPRCs, JICA Rwanda and Akazi Kanoze Access.
Participants during the opening session.
Results from this workshop will enable WDA and JICA through TCT to deliver up-to-date entrepreneurship module, which is aligned with the existing qualification framework. The will first be piloted at Tumba College of Technology before being rolled out to other schools.
Head of Curriculum development unit at WDA Jean Marie Vianney Muhire making a presentation about the exercise.
According to WDA’s Head of Curriculum development unit Jean Marie Vianney Muhire, this exercise involves developing competency standards, module course content, module assessment Specifications and guidelines development, among other aspects of Competency Based Training (CBT).
Saikawa Shuhei, Program advisor (Education & Vocational training), JICA Rwanda
While giving his opening remarks, the Program advisor in Education and Vocational training for JICA Rwanda Saikawa Shuhei advised participants to link the module with the actual situation of the industry and the business world. Saikawa added that being more practical with real examples would help meet all aspects making TVET graduates more entrepreneurs than job seekers.
Participants pose for a group photo.

Alexis Rusine is among participants from the private sector attending the workshop. He believes that entrepreneurship skills to students are very important in helping them to cope with challenges while embarking on business plans. According to Rusine, theoretical studies have always   disappointed many graduates while facing what the labour market demands, hence the need for competency based training.

At the beginning of 2017 the Ministry of Education through WDA rolled out a full implementation of a competency based training program in TVET schools. This mostly emphasizes on relevance in teaching than just knowing.  Through the same approach assessment is done at the end of every competency in a specialization.

However, participants in this workshop highlighted existing challenges in the implementation the CBT/CBA approach that include resistance to change, lack of infrastructure, training equipment and consumables.

With competency based training, it is believed that many TVET graduates will create their own jobs, with minimum challenges related to lack of entrepreneurship skills.