On 15th July 2022, FAWE Rwanda together with partners celebrated World Youth Skills Day. The event attracted representatives of the Government, the Private Sector, Women entrepreneurs, Members of FAWE Rwanda Alumnae, and Scholars and FAWE Rwanda partners.
During the celebration of World Youth Skills Day, FAWE Rwanda beneficiaries exhibited some of their lucrative activities.
Under the theme : “Learning and skills for life, work and sustainable development’’, this year, to commemorate the World Youth Skills day, FAWE through this FAWE Rwanda Career Women Center provided refresher courses to 24 young scholars/alumni of the Mastercard scholars’ and other young women supported by UN Women.
The training program was in business and entrepreneurship, digital marketing and communication /pitching to enhance the trainees’ skills in their business competitiveness. The young entrepreneurs were also trained on Sexual reproductive and health rights.
In her opening Remark, FAWE Rwanda National Coordinator, Ms Antonia Mutoro explained that FAWE Rwanda is celebrating the World Youth Skills Day to highlight its contribution to the education and skilling young women and girls and the impact of digital literacy and entrepreneurship skilling and its impact on the future of work for young people.
“The 25 young women today are showcasing various businesses ranging from textile and fashion, agriculture, and technology. Among them they have created jobs for themselves and others and combined their businesses have created opportunities for about a hundred people. These are youth that would have ended up as job seekers but instead they are now job creators.” Ms. Antonia said.
In her address, FAWE Rwanda Chairperson Ms Christine Mbabazi acknowledged UN Women Rwanda which financially supported the initial steps of the Career Women Center that hosted the trainees who were celebrated on World Youth Skills Day.
She also expresses special thanks to all partners, among them are the Government of Rwanda, Mastercard Foundation, La Francophonie, UN Women, FAWE Africa, DOT Rwanda, HARAMBEE, Make Way, Malala Fund, RGB, and RTB.
Ms. Mbabazi said “Special Gratitude goes to the Government of Rwanda under the Leadership of H.E Kagame For the deliberate policy frameworks and Systems that have encouraged Youth participation and engagement.”
She added that “This has brought Young people, in particular Women, to positions of leadership in government institutions and the private sector.”
She concludes her remark with a quote by Larry Bird, a great American basketball player who said “A winner is someone who recognizes his God-given talents, works his tail off to develop them into skills, and uses these skills to accomplish his goals.”
To date, FAWE has supported over 15,000 girls from disadvantaged backgrounds to go through secondary and tertiary education.
On behalf of the Minister of Education, the guest of honor, Ms. Rose Baguma, the Director General of Education Policy and Analysis in the Ministry of Education congratulates FAWE Rwanda for this big achievement, especially the celebration of the World Youth Skills Day.
She said “We are proud, as the Ministry of Education, to celebrate this international youth skills day with you, FAWE Rwanda with all the partners. And we are happy to see that FAWE Rwanda is really a reliable partner and a champion of gender equity and equality in education."
YOU CAN WATCH AGAIN THE CELEBRATION OF World Youth Skills Day on Our YouTube Channel here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJplRdY_f10