Today marks the completion of Akazi Kanoze Access' training of District and National Master Trainers, specializing in entrepreneurship. This five-day training was co-facilitated by Educate! and Akazi Kanoze Access, focusing on competence based teaching methods and pedagogy. Participants will have access to the wealth of knowledge and experience of Akazi Kanoze and Educate!, as well as teaching tools and guidebooks to help them become the best teachers they can be! Akazi Kanoze is supporting REB (Rwanda Education Board) as it prepares to launch the Competence Based Curriculum in 2016.
On October 15th, Akazi Kanoze Ambassadors met as a committee for the first time. 14 Alumni Ambassadors representing 139 alumni gathered at EDC to showcase their chapter projects and provide guidance for the future of the alumni network. Most alumni chapters have organized into savings groups, with many groups raising enough capital to start investing in businesses in just a few months! Alumni chapters are investing in member's businesses, as well as starting new ventures.
Several groups have been actively recruiting new members, even meeting with district officers to sensitize the community to the Akazi Kanoze alumni program. EDC Akazi Kanoze and Akazi Kanoze Access are working together to assist graduates with the ability to meet others in their trade, gain access to capital, and invest in business in new and innovative ways! We are so proud of the great strides that our alumni chapters have made and look forward to all of the fantastic things they will do in the future.
Akazi Kanoze has been nominated as one of the most innovative TVET models in Africa and we need your support to win this competition! You can vote for us here: http://bit.ly/1URpi2j
Read on for more information about the competition about why Akazi Kanoze is the best TVET model in Africa!
The African Union Commission, in collaboration with USAID and FHI360, is launching a competition to uncover the 20 most promising models in technical vocational education and training (TVET) for the 21st century: technical and vocational education that provides needed skills for Africa’s developing economies in the African Union’s 54 member countries. Voting results are key factor in selecting along with criteria as outlined in the solicitation guidelines. Winners will be promoted in African Union publications and events, and partner websites.
1. Is the technical vocational education and training (TVET) program in Africa delivering skills for the 21st century? Absolutely. The Akazi Kanoze program was pioneered to provide market-relevant skills to students across Rwanda. We respond to the needs of our students, continually developing new programs like our IGA and Cooperative Management program, to keep our students' skills up-to-date!
2. Are students finding jobs and becoming successful entrepreneurs through the TVET program? You tell us! 65% of our gradates are employed 6 months after graduation, and more than 2,300 business have been started by Akazi Kanoze graduates, ranging from ICT service providers to beekeeping cooperatives.
3. Is the technical vocational education and training (TVET) program demand-driven and employer-led? We continually develop new skills for our graduates that don't even exist yet! Akazi Kanoze looks forward, which is why we worked with DfiD to develop an early childhood development (ECD) caregivers program, which targets employment for young women. We also have created a Private Sector Advisory Committee to keep AKA up-to-date on employment trends and the new skills that are most demanded by employers.