Rwanda Has Invested Around Rwf1.3billion in Technical Education

Jerome Gasana:Director General of Workforce Development Authority

Rwanda will focus on rare skills development to bring the gap in technical education and cap the new job creation targets 2024 set by the government.

Director General of Workforce Development Authority (WDA), Jerome Gasana said that Rwanda has already invested Rwf1.3billion in developing rare skills.

For example in Nyamagabe district, Gasana said, there is one group of community of experts in traditional drum making with the potential which has not been explored and yet it can be expanded for export promotion of made in Rwanda products.

“We need to tap in such skills which have potential and need short training. This will improve skills development and part of the funds will be tapped into such as football, tennis, film making, swimming, volleyball and other games” Gasana said in interview.

The country has targets of creating 200.000 off farm jobs but create 1.5 jobs by 2024 according to the new seven year development agenda 2017-2024.

In response, Rwanda has also secured over $81million (about Rwf68billion) to be invested in technical skills, in a soft loan from Exim Bank.

The funds will be largely used to put in place infrastructure facilities which will see the construction of 14 Technical schools and four incubation centers in secondary cities.

“This subsector is still young and we have had issues of infrastructure but with these funds, this, will at least, be resolved temporarily” said Samuel Mulindwa, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education.

The funding agreements between Rwanda and Exim bank were mid early this year approved by the cabinet and the deal sealed by the Ministry of finance and economic planning in May, 2017.

The other option to resolve the skills gap, Rwanda has announced a new education policy approach towards technical skills training.

Starting 2018, all students in technical education (TVET) courses will specialize in one field and sit for practical exams at the end of each year before graduation.

Formerly students have been taking various courses- for three years and have previously been examined in 25 subjects.

The subjects include: general mechanics, motor vehicle mechanics, secretarial, hotel operations, tourism public works’, finance and banking, surveying, music, customs and tax operations among others.