To close this gap in TVET enrolment, and gender gap in youth employment Miinister Rwamukwaya said that the Ministry of Education has introduced a national mentorship and career guidance program to encourage girls to take up science and technology courses within the TVET program; aiming for at least a 50% eligible female enrolment by 2020.
Fatou Aminata Lo, the UN Women representative also said that one of the highlights in this initiative is to bring equality in all sectors since no sustainable development can be achieved when girls are not given equal opportunities as boys, from a young age. She emphasized that investing in women sets a direct path to gender equality, poverty reduction and inclusive economic growth.
The Un envoy stressed that Girls are able but get few opportunities to show their capabilities, a reason why such a campaigns is of critical importance.
Since 2010 the Ministry of Education has been striving for access, quality and relevancy in TVET and Gender inclusiveness has always been part of the strategy.
According to Anne Abakunzi, WDA’s Deputy Director in charge of corporate services, Gender inclusiveness focal points at different IPRCs have been trained for implementation in alignment to the HeforShe impact goal. This is why support from Gender focal points from IPRCs was sought in the awareness campaign.
Some of the TVET role models have pledged to offer opportunities for internships to young girls in fields like coding, software development while others were offered chances in car garages and other domains.