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Salesians of Don Bosco in Rwanda Advocate for TVET Education to Prepare Youth for Future Job Market

In a bid to prepare young people for the future job market, through the Job Service Office (JSO), the salesians of Don Bosco in Rwanda, with the financial support of Don Bosco Tech Africa, recently hosted a media discussion to appeal to journalists to encourage youth to enroll in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) programs.

The event shed light on the importance of acquiring technical skills that align with the advancements in modern technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the workplace.

Father Cesar Habanabakize, the Provincial Youth delegate, traced the origins of TVET education in the Salesian world back to Don Bosco’s vision of teaching youth vocations.

Father Cesar Habanabakize addressing the Media

He emphasized the need to equip young people with practical skills that will make them competitive in the evolving job market.

Father Turabanye Jean Pierre, the Director of Don Bosco Gatenga TSS, provided insights into the current state of TVET centers in Rwanda and the trades available for students to pursue.

During the press conference, Mr. Dominique Uwarugira, the P-JSO Coordinator, highlighted the importance of strengthening Salesian TVETs through Job Service Offices to facilitate the transition of students from training to employment.

Ms. Uzamureba Clementine, the Gender Officer, focused on promoting gender inclusion in TVET programs to ensure equal opportunities for both male and female students.

Mr. Cyiza Vedaste from the Rwanda TVET Board shared valuable information on the current status and future prospects of TVET education in Rwanda.

Journalists had the opportunity to engage with the speakers, asking questions about the challenges facing TVET education in the country and exploring possible solutions from both government and Salesian perspectives.

The call made by the salesians of Don Bosco in Rwanda underscores the importance of investing in TVET education to equip young people with the skills needed to succeed in a rapidly changing job market.

By advocating for the promotion of TVET programs and encouraging youth to enroll in technical courses, the Salesians are paving the way for a brighter future for Rwandan youth.

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