Dr Lesley Lee, head of VolksWagen visited SOS Children’s Villages Rwanda

Dr Lesley Lee, head of VolksWagen Learning Academy South Africa visited SOS CV Rwanda
and its various programmes including Family Based Care, Kigali Kindergarten as well as
Technical High School.
The visit was held as a follow-up to the meeting held between Mr Thomas Schaeffer, Chief
Executive Officer of VolksWagen Group South Africa, Marco Lietz Head of International
Projects Bildungswerk der Baden-Württembergischen Wirtschaft e. V.; a partner of SOS CV
Rwanda and Ms. Aimee Muziranenge the Director of Fund Development and Communication at
SOS CV Rwanda in January 2018.
The visit therefore aimed at understanding SOS CV Rwanda programmes and how the two
institutions could pursue a partnership with unique opportunity to foster investment and
collaboration on youth employment; technical and vocational education and training. This will
respond to the SOS CVI call for youth employability through the implementation of Youthcan!
and foster corporate partnerships.
This partnership is pursued ahead of the upcoming launch of Volkswagen car assembly plant in
Rwanda by June 2018. SOS CV Rwanda envisages to train young people to become competent
to work in the auto industry in Rwanda and beyond.
Dr. Lesley Lee was welcomed by SOS Team (Ms. Aimee Muziranenge, Director of Fund
Development and Communication; Mr Franklin Gakuba Murangira, Director of Programmes,
Mr. Karega Diogene, Location Programme Director of Kigali, Mr. Ntabana Louis, Children
Villages Director Kigali, Mr. Kiba Muvunyi Director of SOS Technical High School, Mr.
Olivier Rubibi, Local fundraising and Communication Manager; and Fify Olive Umukundwa
youth coach). She visited Kigali Kindergarten, given an overview of SOS CV Rwanda through a
documentary film, visited SOS family Based Care and SOS Technical High School with a
special Focus on Electronics department.
The Following points reflect the discussions held for mutual cooperation and partnership. SOS
would send two/three interns to VWSA for practical work exposure at the Uitenhage
Manufacturing plant.These interns would have qualifications that are relevant for VWSA
(Mechatronics/Mechanical etc ). The logistics of costing would need to be worked out closer to
the time of implementation and once the visa regulations have been actioned.
SOS would send two teachers (i.e. Electronics/PLC etc.) to Uitenhage in order for the teachers to
be exposed to the technology concepts in the plant. VWSA would add additional curriculum
development to the teachers selected to attend. This would take place in the technical academy as
well as the Production Academy. These teachers would also do part time teaching and
curriculum development enhancements.
The logistics of costing etc. would need to be worked out closer to the time of implementation
and once the visa regulations have been actioned. VWSA to establish a high technology
classroom with regards to electronics and or PLC.

VWSA would be required to do an in depth feasible study as to what is required (equipment,
painting etc). VWSA will be required to do a costing with regards to infrastructure and
equipment, VWSA to ensure branding is in alignment to the CSI,Shipping of equipment to be
discussed with SOS CV Rwanda.
It was underscored that the above any other areas of partnerships should be explored and in a
more sustainable manner to ensure continuity and yield tangible results for the benefit of
vulnerable children and the surrounding communities in Rwanda. SOS CV Rwanda and VW will
continue discussions to concretize the partnership for youth employability and promotion of
TVET with emphasis on VW areas of work and training. An invitation was extended to SOS CV
Rwanda to participate in the launch of VW work in Rwanda in June 2018.
Volkswagen Learning Academy – offers Trades/ Learnership Training in Autotronics,
Mechatronics, Motor Mechanics, Electrical, Electronics, Machining, Fitting, Toolmaking and
Welding. The Technical Skills Development Department offers a wide variety of short courses in
hydraulics, pneumatics, electronics and robotics.
SOS Children’s Villages Rwanda supports the Government of Rwanda to promote child rights
and protection to ensure that children who have lost or are at risk of losing parental care receive
appropriate alternative care and protection that serves their best interest.



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