African states are currently chocking on large numbers of educated youth that remain unemployed because they possess undesired skills for the markets.
Rwanda is hosting an international conference bringing together members of the Commonwealth Association of Technical Universities and Polytechnics in Africa (CAPA).
Prime Minister Edourd Ngirente is officiating at the conference sharing with participants the challenge of mismatch in labour market. The implementation of this strategy is ongoing in collaboration with the Private sector.
According to Ngirente, Rwanda government seeks to increase the number of students attending TVET to 60% by 2024 from 31.1% in 2017.
“We believe that TVET skills are one of the drivers that support the economic transformation we want in our country, and this is only possible if graduates from TVET schools are highly skilled and competitive on the labour market,” the Prime Minister told participants.
He explains there are concerns that a considerable number of young Africans, often without needed skills, leave the school system every year in search for jobs.
Participants at the conference followed a discussion involving Mulindwa Samuel, Permanent Secretary Rwanda Education Ministry , Dr. Kevit Desai, Kenya’s Principal Secretary in the State Department of Vocational and Technical Education (TVET) in the Ministry of Education.
The panel also includes; A Lawalley Cole, Executive Director of the Coalition on Media and Education for Development in Africa Forum (CAFOR) , Ethiopia and Arshfod Ngugi, Regional Coordinator, Eastern and Southern Africa, GIZ CAADP, South Africa.
“Rwanda has done well in TVET because of the efficient utilisation of resources given towards their initiatives by Development Partners,” says Mulindwa.
The government of Rwanda believes that having large numbers of its population skilled from TVETs will propel economic development and many Rwandans are very supportive in the development of TVET.
From August 25-31st, the conference is running under the theme “Building Partnerships for the Promotion of TVET for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Youth Employment”.