Katie Harrington, a Kuder Visions Academy Coordinator, participated in the Rwanda Summit on National Career Guidance, which took place on October 26. Here, she shares photos and highlights from the event.
Rwanda has become one of Africa’s leading countries in terms of economic development gains, with efforts to decrease poverty, increase prosperity, and transform the country from an agricultural-based economy to a knowledge-based one.
Together with the Rwanda Education Board and the Rwanda Ministry of Education, presenters and more than 450 attendees discussed the impact of career guidance on both students and economic development in Rwanda. Perhaps more importantly, we examined how schools, NGOs, businesses, and government agencies must work together to create a productive and seamless talent pipeline.
Career Guidance is Vital to Human Capital Development
Dr. Isaac Munyakazi opened the event with a discussion about how career guidance is vital to the development of skilled human capital and Rwanda’s Vision 2020.
The Land of a Thousand Smiles
It’s nicknamed the “land of a thousand hills,” but Rwanda could easily be called the “land of a thousand smiles.” The attendees were excited, engaged, and most notably, invested in the development of the Rwanda Career Planning System, powered by Kuder® (RCPS). Together we asked for their support by serving as RCPS ambassadors.
Aligning Students' Interests with the Market
Kuder President and CEO Phil Harrington demonstrated how the Kuder Career Planning System® (KCPS) is the solution to creating a viable talent pipeline for Rwanda. A career needs assessment conducted by the Kuder research faculty at the beginning of the project found that 86 percent of Rwandan parents wanted their child to receive a Ph.D., despite the fact that there are less than 100 jobs that require the degree available in Rwanda. The KCPS is designed to help align students’ interests with the demands of the labor market.
The RCPS Supports Many Stakeholders
Paul Masterjerb presented the RCPS administrative database for educators and counselors, and explained how students learn about themselves and gain a deeper understanding of their interests via career assessments. He continued with a demonstration of how the system enables students to create electronic portfolios in which they can store information about themselves, save favorite occupations, universities, and more. He also took a look at the parent portal, which helps parents learn more about students’ interests and system activities.
A Special Recognition from Kuder
Sister Christine Uwanyirgira accepted a certificate of recognition from Kuder on behalf of Ecole Secondaire Saint Vincent Muhoza. Kuder presented certificates to the top 20 schools who showed exemplary RCPS usage during the early phases of implementation. (For a full list of recipients, see the list below this article.)
"Career Guidance is a Path to Achieve our Vision"
David Adam Kato, Senior 5 student, shared how the RCPS has given him hope and inspired him to reach his full potential. He said the biggest problem for Rwandans, and so many other societies, is that “people don’t know their potentials. Kuder has helped me be a self-driven student, because I know this is what I’m doing, I love it, [and] I have the capability to do it. Career guidance is a path to achieve our vision.”
RCPS "Power User" Schools
GS Rambura (G)
Ecole Notre Dame De Karubanda
ESG Umubano I
College De La Paix
E L Gatovu
GS Runyombyi I
Ecole Secondaire St. Vincent De Muhoza
GS St. Aloys Rwamagana