The government is preparing to build 14 standardized technical and vocational education and training (TVET) schools after securing a loan of $ 81 million (approximately RWF 69 billion) from the Indian government.
This was revealed last week by JÃ©rÃ´me Gasana, the Managing Director of the Workforce Development Authority (WDA).
In an exclusive interview with The New Times, Gasana said the deal was made late last year and construction is expected to start soon. âWe have submitted a project proposal to the Indian government; the total project is worth US $ 81 million in loan form to help us boost vocational education both in quality and quantity, we will use the money to build ten TVET schools and four incubation centers for ‘businesses,’ Gasana said last Friday.
He said the new TVET schools would help increase the number of such schools, especially in some districts that did not yet have one.
Students from different ICRP during a practical exam in Gisagara district on September 11 last year. To file
âIn fact, we have a plan to increase TVET schools so that the enrollment rate of those who complete the O’Level is above 60%, as the government projection stipulates. To achieve this we need to increase the infrastructure, the plan is also to build at least three modern TVET schools in each district and we have started with those that do not have any, âhe added.
The districts that would benefit from new TVET schools are Nyarugenge, Gakenke, Burera, Nyamasheke, Gatsibo, Kayonza, Rwamagana, Kirehe, Nyagatare and Nyanza.
Fully equipped business incubation centers will also be set up in four districts of Huye, Rubavu, Nyagatare and Nyarugenge.
The project was approved in November last year and bidders were expected to submit their bids by January, identifying the companies that will build the schools will have started in April, according to Gasana.
âThe money is ready; we want to get these schools as soon as possible and construction will start soon after the contractors are identified, âhe noted, adding that construction typically takes around 18 months.
He said the WDA will engage the districts to identify what can be offered in their respective districts, adding that the plan is to train people who can immediately join the workforce.
âWe have identified priority sectors, we have about thirteen sectors but what we want is that each TVET offers what is needed in a certain district, when we build TVET schools we make sure we have standard schools that can offer courses up to the polytechnic level, “he said.
Each center will be able to accommodate between 500 and 1000 students, it will also have accommodation facilities for students and trainers.
Areas of interest identified include construction, hospitality and tourism, energy, agriculture, food processing, manufacturing and mining, technical services, ICT, arts and crafts, media and film making, water and sanitation management, among others.
District leaders who spoke to The New Times said TVET centers would improve the quality of life skills offered to young people and help them create more jobs, while incubation centers would equip graduates with entrepreneurial skills. .
“We are very grateful to soon have a TVET school that will have national standards, it will be the best TVET in our district and will help our young people to acquire practical skills that will help them to create their own jobs as it is the government target, âsaid Gerald Muzungu, mayor of Kirehe district in Eastern Province.
“We will put our priority in construction, mechanics, irrigation, construction, sewing and we are optimistic that more jobs will be created and we can contribute to national development,” he added.
Eugene Kayiranga Muzuka, mayor of Huye district in the southern province, said the business incubation center will help people completing TVET as well as others to develop their skills and set up large projects. which in turn would help them create their own jobs.
âWe have a large number of young people who complete TVET training and others who need to acquire management skills and more skills in their trades such as carpentry, the incubation center will help them to acquire skills. additional skills to start their own businesses, create jobs and employ others, âhe said.
The government aims to create at least 200,000 non-farm jobs per year through various channels and TVET is seen as a key enabler to achieve the set target.