Vocational training in Rwanda

Funding required: $78,600

This project will help: 145 youth

Estimated completion date: August 2022

Country: Rwanda

Executive summary

All over the world, pandemic-related school closures have brought serious disruption to children’s education. Children living in poverty already face significant barriers to getting a good education, but the pandemic has amplified this crisis to new proportions. Unfortunately, the longer children are absent from school, the less likely they are to return.

Over the last 18 months, Compassion’s partners in Rwanda have seen these impacts firsthand. The children they serve were already vulnerable before the pandemic; now, the situation is far worse. Prolonged lockdowns have pushed struggling families even deeper into poverty, while at the same time, the cost of education has continued to increase.

Lockdowns and school closures due to COVID-19 have put growing numbers of Compassion-assisted youth at high risk of dropping out of school. Along with the economic impact of the pandemic, school closures have exacerbated the problem, as many students don’t have access to the Internet to continue their studies online. Students are often sent home from educational institutions until they can pay their tuition, causing them to fall further behind in their studies and leaving them with average grades. Facing one barrier after another, youth are growing disheartened and leaving school at an alarming rate.

Our church partners in Rwanda are deeply concerned for the welfare of their most vulnerable youth. They have identified 145 students who are considered at high risk of dropping out of school permanently due to financial lack. With your help these students can enroll in and successfully complete a post-secondary vocational training program, so they can get well-paying, skilled jobs and gain freedom from poverty.

Did you know?

Rwanda’s 1994 genocide crippled its already fragile economy. However, since then the country has made substantial progress in its recovery. By 2015, 39 per cent of the population lived below the poverty line, compared to 57 per cent in 2006.

Summary

Background

Compassion Rwanda is committed to helping beneficiaries get a good education and break free from poverty for good. With the support of sponsorship funds and dedicated local church partners, many beneficiaries have successfully graduated from post-secondary institutions and secured good jobs. Currently, close to 40 per cent of all Compassion-assisted beneficiaries in Rwanda are youth age 12 to 22. Thousands of them are already enrolled in post-secondary education or are looking to enroll soon. However, amplified financial strain due to the pandemic, along with the impact of prolonged school closures, have put growing numbers of students at high risk of dropping out. There is also a shortage of skilled trades in Rwanda, which presents opportunities for these students. Recognizing the devastating impact of education loss, our partners want to help these vulnerable youth get access to funding so they can complete their vocational training successfully and gain the skills they need to earn well-paying jobs.

The need

Education is key to releasing children from poverty. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has amplified existing barriers to education for vulnerable children and youth. In Rwanda, our partners have noticed a worrying increase in school dropouts, especially among college-age youth. Without an education, these students will not be able to get good jobs. They will also be at high risk of falling into drug abuse, gangs and crime.

You can provide 145 young people in Rwanda with funding for post-secondary vocational skills studies at accredited institutions. Students have already chosen their field of studies, and church staff will continue to offer guidance and support as they pursue their goals. Your gift will help these promising young men and women successfully complete vocational training programs, so they can get decent jobs and become agents of change in their communities.

What your gift will do

Your support will provide:

  • School fees for vocational training for 145 students, including:
    • 15 youth studying land surveying
    • 40 youth studying food processing
    • 25 youth studying computer system technology
    • 49 youth studying auto system engine technology
    • 16 youth studying video production
  • Monitoring and evaluation

Logistics

  • Local contribution: Churches will cover the cost of learning materials.
  • Handling of funds: Compassion Rwanda will distribute the funds to the Compassion centres, who will then pay the vocational schools directly.
  • Follow-up:Church and centre staff will monitor and evaluate each student’s progress and report back to the national office in Rwanda. The partnership facilitator and other staff will also monitor this project through regular visits.
80%

No less than 80 per cent of your donation will be used for program activities and a maximum of 20 per cent for fundraising and administration. If we exceed our funding goal for the initiative shown, the remaining funds will be used to fund other programs where the need is greatest.