In many emerging economies, high school and college programs do not adequately prepare students for the local economic opportunities that await them after graduation. Rwanda is a case in point. At a time when business, technology, and entrepreneurial skills are needed to bolster the country’s growing hi-tech sector, 90 percent of the workforce is engaged in agriculture.
Through the Akazi Kanoze 2 (AK2) project, EDC is working with Rwanda’s Ministry of Education to help young people gain the skills and knowledge they need to participate in an expanding economy. At the center of AK2 is the implementation of EDC’s Work Ready Now! curriculum and school-to-work transition services in formal secondary schools and technical and vocational education and training (TVET) schools throughout the country.
AK2 is a national scale up of the Akazi Kanoze project, begun in 2009, within Rwanda’s formal education system.
The AK2 project staff engages in the following activities:
- Equip high school and TVET students with market-relevant and employability skills
- Implement the Akazi Kanoze program in 150 schools across the country
- Train qualified teachers to deliver the Akazi Kanoze program
AK2 is expected to reach an estimated 16,500 youth and 600 teachers.
Partnership to Strengthen Innovation and Practice in Secondary Education (PSIPSE), Rwanda Ministry of Education, Health Poverty Action, Foundation AVSI, Frontiers Great Lakes, Catholic Relief Services