The German Government through its development bank (KfW) has launched the first phase of funding a project that will increase the number of qualified graduates in the selected vocational institutions.
The funding programme was launched on Thursday with stakeholders inaugurating a cooperation which will see Rwf5billion (€5.5 million) injected in rehabilitation and equipping five vocational schools in Bugesera, Rubavu, Ruhango and Nyanza districts.
The event was held at Kavumu Vocational Training Center in Nyanza district and attended by the German Ambassador to Rwanda, the State Minister of Education in charge of TVET and officials from Workforce Development Authority (WDA).
“The renovated and well equipped schools will support Rwanda’s journey of empowering the youth with skills that are relevant to labor market,” State Minister in charge of TVET, Olivier Rwamukwaya said.
“Most importantly, this adds value to quality of life of the Rwandan citizens.”
More four TVET schools across Rwanda will be supported in the phases that will be implemented by the WDA and KfW Development Bank.
“We are happy to support the Rwandan TVET reforms. Existing TVET schools will be rehabilitated and equipped to strengthen the sustainable (self) employment of skilled workers in Rwanda,” said the German Ambassador Dr. Peter Woeste.
Rwanda and the Federal Republic of Germany have recently agreed on follow-on phases for Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) support with the latter agreeing to provide grant support of EUR 36.5 million (estimated Rwf37 billion), through KfW Development Bank.
This is expected to enhance Rwanda’s target to create 1.5million new jobs in the next seven years and 200.000 off-farm jobs annually.