Supporting youths to become economically self-reliant

One of the major challenges for Rwandan youth is unemployment and limited access to finance. Even if the problem seems to be common for both educated and not educated youths, it becomes worse for rural youths who dropped out school before completing 9 years basic education. Only youths who finished at least senior 3 are eligible in the formal Technical Vocational Education &Training (TVET) system. Therefore, rural and uneducated youths are less competitive on the job market. The only sustainable solution that can help uneducated youth in rural area is empowering them through rural technical and vocational training integrated with live skills and facilitating linkage with finance institutions for access to finance.

Bamporeze Association with the financial support from Help a Child has initiated rural TVET in Rulindo District. This approach enables to reach the vulnerable youths out of school and train them in vocational skills based on the community needs and available market. Youth are trained in their community by local artisans. Because they are trained based on the available market and the community need, they are likely to stay in their community and contribute to its development rather than migrating in urban areas seeking job.

From 2011 up to know, Bamporeze has already trained 147 youths including 71 females and 76 males aged from 14 years to 24years old. Beneficiaries have been trained in different trades such as bicycle reparation(11), carpentry(13), construction(48), electricity and [plumbing(12), hair cutting(14), hair plaiting(7), hair straightening(8), tailoring(28) and welding(6).

In terms of training outcomes, 110 TVET graduates representing 74.8% are employed or self employed with an average earning of Rwf 31,633 per month. In 2014 it is planned to extend TVET within 3 additional sectors of Rulindo district including Masoro, Murambi and Ntarabana sectors with the financial support of KNH