Project Goal & objectives

The project intends to improve access for female candidates to more profitable vocational skills training and improve learning and working environment for female trainees enrolled in traditional male dominated vocations.

Specifically, the project aims at the following:

  1. To fight against gender stereotypes related to TVET within the community;
  2. To enhance the learning opportunities for boys and girls for acquiring relevant skills through integrated and gender sensitive TVET program;
  3. To improve TVET graduates’ access to financing and self- employment.
  4. To document the effectiveness, relevance of integrated, and gender sensitive TVET program for contributing to policy influencing at national level.

Project main Activities

1. Community awareness raising on gender stereotypes related to TVET:

Under this thematic area, community sensitization campaign was organized targeting different groups including youths, parents, local and opinion leaders, private sector and Microfinance Institutions. The objective of this campaign was to convince these different groups that young women are able to learn successfully traditional male dominated skills and use them profitably as their brothers.  The sensitization campaign contributed to the creation of a conducive environment for female involvement in traditional male dominated vocations which are more profitable than traditional female dominated vocations.

2. Skills development for girls and boys through rural TVET:

Under this component, 60 youngsters including 30 girls and 30 boys were selected and provided with career guidance and counselling before enrolment in a six months training program in bricklaying, carpentry and welding. These three vocations were identified as the most profitable vocations in the community. The TVET training was made female friendly as possible to allow female trainees to successfully learn traditional male dominated vocations. The technical training was coupled with role modelling sessions where trainees will be exposed to successful female TVET graduates for experience sharing. Both girls and boys were empowered on gender equality and self-esteem concepts.  The training aimed at equipping TVET trainees’ relevant skills for self-employment and it was awarded by an attendance certificate in the chosen vocation at the end of the training.

3.Financial and business literacy for TVET graduates:

Under financial and business literacy, TVET trainees were trained on different approach of development including Self-help group approach, cooperatives and business clubs/groups. Trainees were allowed to choose themselves the approach that is suitable to them and will benefit from an accompaniment by Bamporeze for the implementation of the selected approach. Beneficiaries were trained in business plan development, saving, access to loan and loan utilization, marketing skills, networking and developing strategic linkages for access to financing and market. The aim of financial and business literacy was to enable TVET trainees to develop ability to understand, analyze and use information about financial decision in day-to-day life and to plan for the future.  The ultimate goal was to enable them to sustainably initiate their businesses as a group and become self-employed.


  • 3 meetings conducted with sector authorities for introduction of the project and criteria for selection of TVET candidates.
  • 1-day meeting organized for 48 opinion leaders, representatives of private sector and MFIs (16 participants per sector) from Cyinzuzi, Ngoma and Ntarabana sectors of Rulindo District
  • 24 community awareness rising sessions organized at village level and secondary schools reaching approximately 5,182 parents; 9,575 youths and 48 opinion leaders and representatives of private sector and Microfinance institutions. The community awareness raising sessions have reduced gender stereotypes vis-à-vis TVET in Cyinzuzi, Ngoma and Ntarabana Sectors of Rulindo District.
  • 42 candidates (21 females and 21 males) were identified in collaboration with sector authorities in Cyinzuzi, Ngoma and Ntarabana Sectors. The involvement of local leaders increased the ownership of the project by local leaders;
  • 1-day career guidance session was organized for 42 TVET candidates to help them become open minded, income and business oriented;
  • 2-days individual youth self-assessment workshop was organized for 42 TVET candidates to facilitate them to discover their natural talents and capabilities. The insight in these talents helped to make a match with the selected vocations;
  • 6-months training curricula were developed for brick laying, carpentry and welding;
  • 3 trainers and 2 staffs of the project were trained for 3 days on gender concept and gender mainstreaming in TVET program;
  • TVET equipment were acquired and a six-month training was conducted successfully for all 42 TVET trainees enrolled in the three vocations (14 in bricklaying, 14 in carpentry and 14 in welding)
  • 42 TVET graduates completed successfully 84 hours training in business and financial literacy skills. During the training, the trainees learned skills on preparation of business proposals and got in touch with Saving and Credit Cooperatives (SACCO) from which they can access funds once for starting their own businesses as groups; how to manage properly their income and how to become entrepreneurs.
  • All 42 TVET graduates are organized in 3 groups according to their vocations and they have started working with MFIs through saving and their group savings are ranged between Rwf 15,000 and Rwf45,000. Their ultimate goal is to become self-employed through getting loans and grants from BDF/SACCO to start their businesses as groups.