Empowering the Youth: Achievements and Future Prospects of Salesian Educational Centres in Rwanda
By Ange de la Victoire DUSABEMUNGU
In the year 2023, the Salesian Educational Centres in Rwanda witnessed a series of transformative activities aimed at empowering the youth. These efforts were made possible through the dedication and commitment of a team of professionals and generous contributions from donors.
The initiatives ranged from infrastructure development to vocational training, agricultural promotion, environmental protection, gender equality, and job creation. As we enter the year 2024, the prospects for continued development, particularly in education, appear promising due to the availability of newly constructed infrastructures.
One of the significant accomplishments of the Salesian Educational Centres in Rwanda was the construction of new classrooms and sports infrastructures. Examples are found at Don Bosco Gatenga TSS, Don Bosco Muhazi TSS, Don Bosco Kabgayi, Rango as well as at the IFAK community in Kigali.
These additions not only increased the capacity of the centres but also provided a conducive learning and recreational environment for the youth. The committed team worked tirelessly to ensure that these facilities were built to the highest standards, enabling effective teaching and learning experiences.
Recognizing the importance of equipping the youth with practical skills, in the year 2023, the Salesian centres continued to provide both short-term and long-term training programs. These initiatives aimed to empower young individuals with marketable skills, enabling them to secure employment or start their own businesses.
One of the actors in these programs were members of the Planning and Development Office (PDO) and Educative community which played a crucial role in designing and implementing these training programs, ensuring they were tailored to meet the specific needs and demands of the job market.
Promotion of TVET Courses:
To further enhance the employability of the youth, the Salesian centres actively encouraged them to enroll in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) courses. By promoting TVET, the Job Service Office recognized the importance of aligning education with industry requirements. This approach not only prepared the youth for sustainable careers but also contributed to the overall economic development of Rwanda.
Agricultural Promotion and Environmental Protection:
Understanding the significance of agriculture in Rwanda’s economy, the Salesian centres undertook activities aimed at promoting agriculture among the youth and vulnerable population. These initiatives included training programs on modern farming techniques, sustainable agricultural practices, and animal breeding. The program beneficiary centres ensured that the youth were equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to engage in productive agricultural activities, fostering self-sufficiency and economic growth.
Furthermore, the Salesian centres actively promoted environmental protection among the youth. Through awareness campaigns and practical initiatives, such as tree planting and waste management programs, the team instilled a sense of responsibility and stewardship towards the environment. These efforts not only contributed to a greener Rwanda but also empowered the youth to become agents of positive change.
Promotion of Gender Principles:
In line with the commitment to gender equality, the Salesian centres implemented activities aimed at promoting gender principles among the youth. Through workshops, seminars, and mentorship programs, the Gender team encouraged equal opportunities for both male and female students. By challenging gender stereotypes and fostering an inclusive environment, the Salesian centres played a vital role in empowering young individuals to realize their full potential.
Recognizing the importance of job creation for sustainable development, the Salesian centres engaged in activities aimed at creating employment opportunities. This included the construction and renovation of Hospitality centres, providing the youth with practical experience and skills in the hospitality industry. The year 2024 will see the centres working closely with industry partners to ensure that these initiatives aligned with market demands, thereby increasing the chances of successful employment for the youth.
It is clear that the Salesian Educational Centres in Rwanda have made remarkable progress in empowering the youth through various activities in 2023. The committed team and generous donors played a pivotal role in achieving these accomplishments.
As we move forward into 2024, the availability of newly constructed infrastructures and new enshrined programs in the Salesian Centres sets a strong foundation for continued development, particularly in education. With ongoing support and dedication, the Salesian centres are poised to further transform the lives of young individuals, contributing to the overall growth and prosperity of Rwanda.
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Ange de la Victoire DUSABEMUNGU
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