The Rwanda Ministry of Education (MINEDUC) has partnered with Kuder to implement a nationwide education career guidance system serving students.
The project began as a pilot program in 2014, when a needs assessment developed by Kuder Research Associate Dr. Jerry Trusty was distributed to various stakeholders from 90 secondary schools throughout the country. The needs assessment evaluated their awareness, acceptance, and application of career guidance, and incorporated qualitative and quantitative data gathered from interviews with students, teachers, parents, and community leaders.
Kuder drew on the needs assessment findings to design a national career guidance model utilizing components of the Kuder Career Planning System® to effectively align Rwanda's students with best-suited careers and to support parents as they engage in the career development process.
The Kuder research faculty engaged with subject matter experts to localize the Kuder assessments and to develop a robust and culturally-sensitive system that could accommodate diverse school settings and drive forward Rwanda's goals related to fostering a technology-based society.
Kuder also provided professional development to teachers throughout Rwanda to enable them to serve as career advisors to ensure the long-term sustainability of the program.
The pilot was deemed a success, and today the fully customized Rwanda Career Planning System, powered by Kuder® (RCPS) is being utilized by 16,000 students and administrators and counting, as it will soon be rolled out to university students at the tertiary level.
The RCPS, along with supporting professional development, are part of the nation's reform initiatives designed to bring about improvements to the nation's skilled human capital, streamlining the pathways from education to careers, and ultimately forming a workforce equipped to compete in a global economy.
Dr. Musafiri Papias Malimba, Rwanda’s minister of education, said the RCPS serves an important role in ensuring that, “[students'] wishes, dreams, aspirations … are kept alive until when they graduate, and after graduation they will be doing something they love doing most, [which] will increase productivity in whatever they do. When you increase productivity … you spur economic growth and development.”
“Kuder has helped millions of people worldwide visualize what's next in life – and make the plans to get there,” said Kuder President and CEO Phil Harrington. “We're thrilled to have a seat at the table in Rwanda’s efforts to streamline the education sector and cultivate a knowledge-based society.”
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