Rwandan young people learn ICT and vocational skills to grasp self-employment opportunities
KCB Foundation and the Rwanda National Youth Council and Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT) Rwanda launched a programme in April 2018 to empower 100 young people with ICT and vocational skills to promote self-employment. In November 2018, ninety of the participants were awarded with certificates of graduation after completing the six-month vocational training.
Graduates with business proposals were granted the opportunity to share their ideas for projects with potential investors from the region. The best proposals received up to 17,000 USD to implement their projects. Combining the skills from the training with the money from investors it is possible to enable participants to start their own businesses and eventually provide employment to more young workers.
According to Jane Mwangi, Managing Director of KCB Foundation, “When we look at the problem we have in East Africa and across the continent, the big challenge is youth unemployment. We see the youth as our biggest investment.”
Source: New Times