Rwanda’s progress in education has been in the news of late. The 9 year basic education program – that started last year – is already registering success. Most universities held their graduation ceremonies and fundraising for new schools is ongoing.
And during President Kagame’s current US tour, it was revealed that a new school dubbed the Central African School of excellence with a capacity of 2000 students is set to start in Rwanda.
There is no doubt that educated individuals stand to improve their lot with the additional knowledge and skills. However, education is not only a social service, but is also an investment that will benefit the Rwandan economy and society.
Education will equally benefit society through creating informed and more responsible citizens. Research has proved that societies, whose citizens are literate and knowledgeable, are more stable since they focus more on developmental issues.
Educated workers enjoy higher wages, greater employment stability, and greater upward mobility.