Officiating the opening of the CommonwealthAssociation of Technical Universities and Polytechnics in Africa (CAPA) International Conference on August 27, 2019 at Kigali, the Prime Minister of Rwanda said promoting Technical, Vocational Education and Training (TVET) will powerfully contribute in fighting poverty and supporting economic transformation.
”TVET is one of the most powerful tools to fight poverty. It does not only provide skills to gain paid employment but also to promote & support creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship in order to develop the ability to create jobs and employment opportunities, ” said Right Honorable Dr. Edouard Ngirente while opening officially the Conference at Kigali Convention Centre.
” We believe that TVET skills are one of the drivers that support the economic transformation we want in our country, and this is only possible if graduates from TVET schools are highly skilled & competitive on the labour market.”
Themed ”Building Partnerships for the Promotion of TVET for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Youth Employment in Africa,” the CAPA conference that started on August 25 is being closed on August 30, 2019.
Assembling the delegates from over 200 African countries, the conference is aimed at bringing together scholars, industrialists, trainers and other stakeholders to share case studies and country experiences.
Speaking on the impact of TVET skills, The CAPA Secretary General Mrs. Jahou S. Faal said that the results of a lot of studies carried out towards youth employment indicate that skills acquisition is the answer to the youth unemployment.
”As an African association, it is our mandate to see how TVET can be propelled in Africa. We have seen that many countries are doing very well in promotion of TVET because they have realized how effective it is for the youth to have hands-on skills to be able to be themselves employable,” she said.
Mrs. S. Faal went on to say that technical and vocational skills must go with entrepreneurial skills for achieving youth self employment.
The conference is also geared towards enhancing collaborations between academia and industry in the production of skilled manpower and technological innovations, among other objectives.
The 2019 CAPA International Conference is being held in Rwanda in recognition of the tremendous strides in revamping and rebranding TVET by the Government of Rwanda through the Ministry of Education.
In view of that, during a panel discussion on August 27, the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Education Samuel Mulindwa talked about government initiatives and achievements to promote TVET, citing strategies to encourage the private sector investment within TVET, which yield tangible results.
In the remaining days, the CAPA conference will move on withdifferent items especially presentations and panel discussions.
The topics will include ”Partnerships in promoting TVET for innovation, entrepreneurship and youth employment in Africa.”