The Workplace Learning Policy « IGIRA KU MURIMO », is expected to respond to the existing mismatches between education and workplace practices. Today, 145 young people are on the way. They include 96 women, and 12 people with disability. This will help the government of Rwanda to achieve the 2024 programme, of creating « many, better and inclusive » jobs.
« IGIRA KU MURIMO » programme consists in learning both in TVET class and companies, where students takes three months on theory and three in practice ; twice a year. It has an ultimate objective, « An inclusive and equitable quality alternance/dual training, accessible to young women and men of Rwanda, and responding to the skills needs of the growing Rwandese economy, is initiated in the trades of food processing and/or beauty/fashion”
Under support of APEFE (Association pour la Promotion de l’Education et de la Formation à l’Etranger) a Belgian non-profit organization that mobilizes its resources and expertise to serve the countries of the South ; the program is running in 11 disrticts of Rwanda.
To start on, 145 young people are on the way, including 96 women and 12 people with disability. Furthermore, most of them are from poor famlies, some are orphans, teen mothers and school drop outers ; and all are from the 1st and 2nd category of Ubudehe (poorest classes in Rwanda).
On behalf on MIFOTRA, Faustin Mwambari (DG a.i) appreciates the support of every partner in the realization of this policy and reiterates that the private sector is the engine to achieve the policy objectives.
Gender and inclusion of people with disabilities
School and company managers from schools and companies were identified to collaborate with the Workplace Learning Support Programme – IGIRA KU MURIMO, and undertook a workshop on gender and inclusion for apprenticeship training in all supported trades.
Through the workshop, about 120 participants from both public and provate sector and civil society; were equipped with the skills on conducting gender responsive pedagogy and training, and taking into account the capacities and potentials of youth with disabilities.
Different inclusive measures to be put in place at different levels of the programme implementation in order to effectively achieve an inclusive alternance training were also identified.
One of the identified inclusive measures to consider youth with disabilities in the appretniceship is the training of trainers on basic sign language.
TVET School trainers are trained on basic sign language in order to ease the communication between them and the apprentices with speech and hearing impairment who joined the programme.
They understand inclusion principles, basic instructions in sign language and that the negative mindset and perceptions towards the capacity and potentials of youth with disabilities have to change.
Twelve youth with different disabilities started the with the 1st intake of apprenticeship training, where they are free of stigma.
Jean de la Paix SHYIRAMBERE, is an albinos. He graduated in construction, five years ago ; but never got a job. He is now apprentice in ESTB BUSOGO TVET, Musanze District.
“Disabled but I can. Jobs were given to normal people, and often old ones. The IGIRA KU MURIMO Programme recognized my potentials and considered me in the apprenticeship training, despite my difference”, he says.
Jean Bosco HABIYAREMYE is a Focal Trainer for the apprenticeship training in food processing at ESTB BUSOGO. He has got 1 youth with speech and hearing impairments. He expressed that it is his first experience to train youth with disability. He couldn’t understand how to interact with such youth but now he thanks the Workplace Learning Support Programme for the training in basic sign language. “I have now realized that youth with disabilities are able to learn. They have potentials, they are good apprentices. What matters is only to integrate them in the workplace learning programmes and deal with communication barriers between them and trainers.”, said Jean Bosco. TVET School Trainers were trained on basic Sign Language.
Beatrice Ihirwe, is a breastfeeding young mother, but is determined to create jobs, up to hire his perpetrator. « I delivered in July 2018, and the boy doesn’t care of me. I come for the training, and leave to breastfeed twice a day. After this training, I plan to make juices in big plant, up to employ that boy ».
More about « IGIRA KU MURIMO » achievements
Apart from identification of inclusive measures to be put in place in schools and companies, a skills needs assessment was conducted and 6 trades were selected (tailoring, leather work, hairdressing, fruit processing, milk processing, bakery).
13 pilot schools and 96 companies were identified to implement the programme, managers were trained in : Gender and inclusion in the workplace; Workplace learning policy and apprenticeship training; Human resources management and integration of apprentices.
MoU for the training of apprentices were signed between 4 schools(KABUTARE TVET School, ESTB BUSOGO TVET School, NGARAMA TVET School and GACURIRO TVET School).
Therefore, apprenticehsip training sessions started in September (2 in food processing, 2 in tailoring and 1 in hairdressing). Now 145 apprentices – 96 girls and 12 PwDs attended a 1st term of training in the 4 schools. The target beneficiaries: 375 youth (153 girls, 45 PWDs, 190 Ubudehe category 1 & 2).
The intervention area of the project is the whole country: all districts of Kigali, and two districts in each province; one urban and one rural. North: Musanze-Gakenke, West: Karongi-Rutsiro, East: Nyagatare-Gatsibo, then South: Huye-Gisagara.
APEFE( The Association for the Promotion of Education and Training Abroad) is working for skills development and institutional capacity building in 9 developing countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Haiti, Morocco, Palestine, DRC, Rwanda, Senegal).
Jean Baptiste Karegeya