The theme of the Summit, “Bridging Education to Economic Development,” sought to explore the ways in which cross-sector partnerships can bring about improvements to skilled human capital, streamline the pathways from education to careers, and ultimately form a Rwandan workforce equipped to compete in a global economy.
Key take-a-ways from the event included:
We are all economic developers, playing a pivotal role in ensuring today’s youth have hope for tomorrow’s future.
Bridging education to economic development is achieved through a systematic, long-term approach to building the nation’s talent pipeline starting in primary education and spanning through adulthood.
The Rwanda Career Planning System (RCPS) helps individuals discover their true potentials, engage in meaningful and focused career planning, and gain hope for their futures.
It takes commitment from all stakeholders and sectors to successfully implement the Rwanda Career Guidance Initiative and ensure its outcomes:
→ Improved academic performance and completion.
→ Increased awareness and access to education and career information.
→ Improved connections between career interests, coursework, and local employment opportunities.
→ Better data-driven decision making for educational programs, employment needs, and growth areas.
→ Less unemployment and underemployment.
→ Better prepared workforce for high skill, high wage jobs. And, ultimately, increased economic prosperity to form a balanced economy.
- In Phase III of the career guidance project, all Rwandan citizens will have access to reliable career planning tools.