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The Rwanda Ministry of Education through the Rwanda Education Board and in partnership with Kuder hosted the Rwanda Summit on National Career Guidance in Kigali on 26 October 2017.

The event provided an opportunity for over 450 attendees including policymakers, educators, and leading experts to assess the nation’s progress in establishing a formal framework to support Rwandan students’ career development. 

Hon. Minister of State Speaks

MINEDUC's Minister for Primary and Secondary Education, Honorable Dr. Isaac Munyakazi (pictured here) gave the opening remarks for the summit to highlight the purpose and objectives of the event.

Dr. Spencer Niles, senior vice president of research for Kuder, delivered the Summit’s keynote address on the importance of career guidance. Kuder President & CEO Phil Harrington shared the work Kuder has accomplished in Rwanda since 2014, including how 30,000 students have had the opportunity use the Rwanda Career Planning System (RCPS), powered by Kuder®, and the next steps to expanding career guidance and developing a country-wide talent pipeline. The top 20 schools with the most system usage were honored and recognized during the summit.

A panel, including government officials, school leaders, and students, gave powerful presentations on their positive experiences using the RCPS. Finally, a group discussion among all Summit attendees focused on ways to support a national career guidance initiative and talent pipeline and how attendees can be the ambassadors to the carry the messages from the Summit back to their communities to ensure engagement and participation.

Read news coverage here.

And, check out our photo blog summary here.

Key Take-a-Ways

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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.  

Presentations & Videos

Please feel free to browse these copies of the PowerPoint® Presentations that were used during the event. 

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Highlight Video

Rwanda Summit Highlights

Rwanda Summit Highlights

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Full Presentation Videos

PART 1: Rwanda Summit on National Career Guidance

PART 1: Rwanda Summit on National Career Guidance

The opening session of the Rwanda Summit on National Career Guidance.

PART 2: Rwanda Summit on National Career Guidance

PART 2: Rwanda Summit on National Career Guidance

Dr. Spencer Niles delivers the Rwanda Summit Key Note Address on the Importance of Career Guidance.

PART 3: Rwanda Summit on National Career Guidance

PART 3: Rwanda Summit on National Career Guidance

Kuder President, Phil Harrington, and Dr. Theophile Muhayimana, from the University of Kibungo, talk about supporting Rwanda Career Guidance and evaluating key stakeholder needs.

PART 4: Rwanda Summit on National Career Guidance

PART 4: Rwanda Summit on National Career Guidance

Mr. Masterjerb Birungi Paul, Kuder Country Director for Rwanda presents on the impact of the Rwanda Career Planning System, powered by Kuder.

PART 5: Rwanda Summit on National Career Guidance

PART 5: Rwanda Summit on National Career Guidance

Phil Harrington, President and CEO of Kuder, discusses expanding on the success of the Rwanda Career Planning System pilot and developing a country-wide talent pipeline.

PART 6: Rwanda Summit on National Career Guidance

PART 6: Rwanda Summit on National Career Guidance

A panel of distinguished guests and RCPS users discuss their positive experiences with the Kuder System and career guidance.

PART 7: Rwanda Summit on National Career Guidance

PART 7: Rwanda Summit on National Career Guidance

Summit attendees discuss defining success, using the RCPS, and being an ambassador.

PART 8: Rwanda Summit on National Career Guidance

PART 8: Rwanda Summit on National Career Guidance

Phil Harrington, President and CEO of Kuder, closes the Summit.

Your Commitment

During the Summit, we asked for your commitment to career guidance. We received an overwhelming response and appreciate your willingness to get involved. Your active participation and engagement will ensure the long-term success of career guidance in Rwanda and its ability to bridge education to economic development. 

Here are a few ways you said you could help.

"Inspiring my staff, educational leaders, and teachers under my responsibility."

~Alexis MUHIRE, MINEDUC

"I will be an ambassador by doing awareness, advocacy in the schools and community, and helping students and youth to discover their own abilities."

~Jean Herman BUTASI, Rutsiro District

"I will help spread the word and make sure Akilah students, my colleagues, friends, and family members know and understand how valuable and important Kuder is to our lives as a whole."

~Jimy MUGABO, MindSky/Akilah Institute

"[I will] spread information among my teachers, inform parents through meetings, open school doors to employers to meet students, and avail computers to more students."

~Straton MALISABA, E.S. Byimana

"I will sensitize neighboring schools on RCPS and provide ICT support. In my school I will create a RCPS club with a mission of mobilizing other schools' students on creating their own RCPS clubs."

~Aimable UMWIZERWA, E.S. Kageyo

"[I will] arise hope and confidence for learners, network and share with all practitioners, and appoint a career guidance officer."

~Domitilla MUKANTABANA, UR-KABGAYI

Contact Us

Want to get involved? Contact us to learn how you can support career guidance and the Rwanda Career Planning System. Email our Country Director for Rwanda, Mr. Paul Birungi Masterjerb at masterjerbp@kuder.com

Read our blog photo summary and check out our Facebook page for even more photos and highlights of the Summit. 

Deborah Uwase Bella

“When I logged into the system to take assessments, it helped me to explore occupations, prepare for job search, and to search for higher education and financial aid option. Before entering the system, I thought I would study subject combination leading to medicine course but my choice changed after following the steps of self-assessment through the programme. I found myself oriented to engineering, and I’m really satisfied with the choice I made.”

Deborah Uwase Bella

S3 Student at ENDP Karubanda