The Government of Rwanda has laid out ambitious plans for transforming the country into a knowledge-based economy built on a skilled workforce that is able to compete both regionally and internationally. Toward this goal, Rwanda recognizes that education is key to this transformation. Thus far, Rwanda has achieved remarkable success in expanding access to education; in 2012, 96.5 percent of children were enrolled in primary school, and girls were enrolled at a slightly higher rate than boys. The elimination or reduction of school fees, better teaching tools and infrastructure, and a strong workforce contributed to these achievements.
USAID works with the Ministry of Education to strengthen early reading and math skills development to help prepare Rwandan children for a more productive future. USAID also encourages the use of information technology to assist educators in sharing information and networking, professional development and mentoring, preparing lesson plans, and implementing activities. Advancing women's leadership in education is also promoted by encouraging women to enter the teaching profession, supporting the University of Rwanda College of Education in the revision of its teacher training curriculum to enhance gender equitable outcomes, and through developing gendered research capacity.
USAID works with the Ministry of Education to improve the quality of education through improved reading and math skills. Focusing on the early grades, this program introduces proven reading and math teaching strategies and improves the availability and use of innovative instructional materials, as well as the development of teachers through pre-service training and teacher mentoring programs. This program also supports Rwanda’s transition to English as the language of instruction in fourth grade. These efforts will help to improve learning outcomes for primary school students by increasing their critical-thinking and language skills.
Youth and Workforce Development
Forty percent of Rwandans are between the ages of 14 and 35. USAID supports a youth training program that assists young people in developing the skills and attitudes necessary to find jobs, create their own employment, and participate constructively in their communities. The core youth work readiness curriculum includes leadership, financial literacy and communications training. In addition, the youth development programs connect graduates to internship and employment opportunities and work with local youth-serving organizations and the Workforce Development Authority to build their capacity to provide this training in the future.
Last updated: March 24, 2015