WHAT makes Rwanda a unique state within the East African Community bloc, is her epic journey towards becoming the world’s most competitive and flamboyant state in her education system.
Education policy formulators must be burning mid-night oil in their quest for formidable education policies that could give the glazed state an upward thrust.
Conspicuously unique to Rwanda is the move to make Entrepreneurship and Computer Science compulsory at high school and university levels.
The landing of the fibre optic cable in Rwanda late last year is good news for the new Rwandan graduates. Information and Communication Technology (ICT) related businesses are likely to be booming and the most lucrative in Rwanda.
Access to the internet has expanded at affordable costs which has also aided the process of doing business.
The East African Community member states’ budgetary allocation to specifically support various youth groups that want to venture into various business enterprises including setting up of ICT villages is a grandeur boost.
The Ministry of Education’s move that is worth applause, I can say, is mindful of the fact that many enterprises collapse partly because of poor market research and forecast, not to mention superficial business planning and management on the part as entrepreneurs.
Equipping Rwanda’s high school and university graduates with entrepreneurial skills will go a long way in inculcating the mandatory competencies that will strengthen their future.
With this country’s economy booming every year, there is an increase in business opportunities that the youth need to seize. More jobs will therefore, be created for the ever surging number of job seekers.
Just how much justice the government is doing to itself and the youth of this country can be determined by the South African situation.
Due to the spiraling rate of unemployment in South Africa, the continent’s economic giant has had escalating crime rates.
There have been frequent strikes in the informal settlements like those in Soweto over claims of abject poverty and poor service delivery by the local authorities. The protests by the poor unemployed eventually culminated in the2008 xenophobia.
However, by engaging the youth and having them be able to generate some income cannot be overemphasized here in Rwanda.
The author is a Teacher and the Director of Studies at Nu- Vision High School.