Possible boost for Rwanda training
A German delegation is visiting Rwanda for development talks that will include assistance for technical and vocational programmes to help Rwanda become a knowledge-based economy.
A German delegation is visiting Rwanda for talks on technical and vocational programmes to help Rwanda become a knowledge-based economy. The delegation, from the German Federal State of Rhineland-Palitinate, is expected to offer support in the area of Training of Trainers (TOT), with one of the proposals being the establishment of a national TOT centre.
Densely populated Rwanda is actively driving a vocational training programme to improve skills among its youth. The training focuses on marketable skills such as masonry, tailoring, carpentry and plumbing, as well as numeracy,literacy, ICT and business skills.
Recently, the Chinese government also announced that it would support the programme by financing the construction of a USD10 million vocational training institute in Muko Sector of the Musanze District. This centre will offer training that includes include ICT, agriculture and food processing, construction and carpentry.
The German Federal state has already sent two experts to conduct a field tour and compile a report, which will be presented in a meeting of Rwandan-Rhineland Palatinate joint commission in Germany next month.
The partnership between Rhineland-Palatinate and Rwanda is 25 years old, and had focused on humanitarian efforts and sustainable economic development. One of the initiatives was the opening of what was the Africa’
s largest solar power plant in the Gasabo District
three years ago. Another saw the donation of PCs to Rwandan schools through the NGO Camara Rwanda earlier this year.
The partnership is based on an official Exchange of Letters in June 1982. There are now more than 50 municipalities and districts in Rhineland-Palatinate which have partnerships with Rwandan municipalities, and contacts exist between some 250 schools in Rwanda and Rhineland-Palatinate. Churches, universities, technical colleges, associations, firms and social groups such as sports clubs and educational institutions are also involved in the partnership.