Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Programme
The TVET sector in Rwanda has gone through a lot of changes since 2008. In the framework of the Poverty Reduction Strategy, Rwanda has decided to reform the TVET sector to increase income generation among the population. The strategic document of the TVET reform was prepared in 2007 by the Ministry of Education. Thereafter, the Cabinet approved a concept paper ‘Development and Implementation of an Integrated Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) System’ in June 2008. The creation of new institutions for the implementation of the TVET policy was the next step. The Workforce Development Authority (WDA) and 2 Integrated Polytechnic Regional Centre’s (IPRC) out of the 5 proposed in the concept paper were created in 2008.
The VVOB 2008-2010 programme started to support the implementation of the TVET reform in Rwanda. The support was focused on the Curriculum Development Unit of WDA and the IPRC of the Southern Province. Also, VVOB supported the exchange of best practices in TVET at the national, regional and international level.
The following results were achieved with the support of VVOB:
1. Support to Curriculum development
- The Curriculum Development Unit was set up.
- The competency-based curriculum development methodology of WDA was developed.
- The curriculum development staff was trained in the development of competency-based curricula.
- The private sector was consulted to identify the existing occupations in the hospitality and tourism sector.
- Occupational analyses for 4 occupations of the hospitality and tourism sector were conducted with the private sector.
2. Support to IPRC/South
- IPRC/South was set up and played its role of coordinator of the TVET initiatives in the Southern Province
- The website of IPRC/S was created.
- An IPRC/S Information Management System was developed.
- Partnership with the private sector in the Province was strengthened.
- The organisation and monitoring of internships was strengthened.
- The technical and pedagogical capacities of the trainers of the vocational training centres and technical schools were developed.
- Each training centre of the province received a computer for the management and was connected to the Internet.
3. Exchange of best practices
- Several experience sharing meetings of the directors of TVET schools in the Southern Province were held.
- A regional workshop on curriculum development in TVET was held.
- An international symposium on TVET was held.
In order to reach more coherence and efficiency in their interventions, the 3 Belgian Development Agencies, BTC, APEFE and VVOB decided to work together in a common programme to support the TVET sector in Rwanda.
The 2011-2013 programme of VVOB is therefore fully integrated in the Belgian Support Programme to Vocational Training (Programme d’Appui à la Formation Professionnelle – PAFP).
In this Belgian Programme, VVOB’s interventions are focused on two components: