SOS Children’s Villages Rwanda handed over certificates to 39 tailor youths from vulnerable families from Rukomo Sector, Gicumbi District, Northern Province of Rwanda through the BildungsWerk der Baden-Württembergischen Wirtschaft e.V (BiWe) funding.
Mrs. Françoise Mutoneshe, the Project Coordinator said that the main purpose of the TVET Partnership Project is to shape youth from vulnerable families with knowledge, practical experience and proven attitude that will help them on the labor market.
“The TVET Partnership Project phase one started in November 2017 and phased out with 117 youths who graduated in plumbing, welding and tailoring in Gasabo, Gicumbi and Kayonza Districts. From November 2020, the second phase is being implemented with 103 youths so far, who are currently enrolled in their studies.
The project focuses on a dual system of training, which consists of an alternation of training at school and company during one year of studies. There, the young men and women are embedded in a productive process and the program works pretty well, because it is a win-win situation for both students and companies“, Françoise Mutoneshe said.
The Program Director, Mr. Patrick Hatari thanked the youths who graduated for their commitment and willingness through the training. He added that Technical and Vocational Education and Training is essential at the labour market.
“The Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) is a must if unemployment is to be tackled followed by the students’ strong commitment to work for a better future.”Patrick encouraged youth to be serious in their studies because the chance knocks only once in life.
Mr. Jean Marie Vianney Bayingana, the Executive Secretary of Rukomo Sector, where most of the graduates originate from, appreciated the support of SOS Children’s Villages in Rwanda in youth development and childcare.
“We always recognise the support of SOS Children’s Villages in Rwanda in youth empowerment and childcare. Our District needs more Non-Government Organizations like SOS Children’s Villages in Rwanda and we are willing to accompany our youth in the employment journey together” he said.
TVET is expected to contribute to the creation of 1,500,000 off-farm jobs by 2024 as projected in the National Transformation Strategy 1 (NST1).