Rwanda seeks to increase girls’ enrollment in technical and vocational schools | New times

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The government and its education partners are exploring ways to increase the number of girls enrolled in technical and vocational education and training (TVET).

Currently, girls’ enrollment in TVET is 40 percent, which worries members of National Gender Equality and Women Empowerment (GEWE) – an initiative that aims to ensure gender equality and empower women. women.

In a meeting that brought together stakeholders on Thursday to discuss priorities to be implemented in the area of ​​gender equality and women’s empowerment throughout the year, promoting TVET was a priority.

The priorities aim to support the National Strategic Transformation Plan – an initiative that aims to accelerate the implementation of the country’s development agenda until 2024.

“There is a problem of low enrollment of girls in TVET. We are exploring ways to ensure that our women and girls are part of TVET and create employment efforts, ”said Bena Musembi, cluster co-chair, who is also the national director of Care International Rwanda.

She stressed the need to strengthen the capacities of women in various fields such as ICT, finance and business to enable them to participate in budgeting, planning and monitoring processes.

According to Jacqueline Kamanzi, Executive Secretary of the National Council of Women (NWC), there is a need for more women to join TVET schools so that they contribute significantly to the development of the country.

She said there would be more emphasis on agriculture and tourism as well as event management, among other areas.

“We want women to think business and do business, we want women to create jobs in various segments and we also prioritize He4She engagement,” she said.

Other interventions

Throughout the year, it is expected that in addition to encouraging girls’ enrollment in TVET, 30,000 women will be mobilized through the interventions of the National Employment Program (NEP) to present fundraising ideas.

Partners are also committed to strengthening and promoting gender equality and ensuring equal opportunities for all Rwandans through dialogue in more than 1,500 secondary schools and 40 higher education institutions. The dialogue will focus on promoting gender equality and reproductive health as well as how to reduce teenage pregnancies in schools.

According to official figures, in 2016 alone, more than 17,000 teenage pregnancies were recorded.

“By bringing the partners together, we will see how we are going to join together in all these priority areas, different partners have different interventions and the ministry and the whole gender mechanism want to coordinate efforts and deliver in synergy,” noted Kamanzi. .

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