Akazi Kanoze's flagship employability skills development program provides youth with the foundational skills and knowledge necessary to become healthy, productive workers and participants in civic and community affairs. The curriculum employs hands-on application of the soft skills most demanded by Rwandan employers, including:
PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT: identifying values and interests, identifying and assessing attributes and skills, setting goals, developing personal development plans, assessing one's learning style, learning strategies, setting learning goals and developing plans, tracking progress
INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION: listening skills and strategies, recognizing non-verbal communication, listening to and giving instructions, seeking clarification, speaking with clarity, communication in the workplace, do's and don'ts of communications, personalities and styles within a group, how to cooperate and work as a team member, working with others to achieve individual and group goals, identifying and practicing good customer service skills
WORK HABITS AND CONDUCT: finding employment information, filling in a job application, writing a resume and cover letter, interviewing techniques and follow up, workplace behavior and attitudes, time management, balancing work and home life
LEADERSHIP: qualities of an effective leader, leadership styles, leading team work / group cooperation, steps in problem-solving, developing REAL (realistic, effective, acceptable and logical) solutions, task leadership
SAFETY AND HEALTH AT WORK: good health habits, hygiene and sanitation, hazards in the workplace, being prepared with clothing and equipment, preventing accidents, Rwanda health and safety laws and practices
WORKER AND EMPLOYER RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Rwandan Labor Code, appropriate ways to take action at work
FINANCIAL FITNESS: need for finance, good principles of financial management, decreasing spending, importance of saving, buying and selling on credit, managing debt, record-keeping and budgeting, creating personal financial budgets, understanding and working with financial services institutions, banking basics and ATMs, financial planning for the future
EXPLORING ENTREPRENEURSHIP: exploring income generating options, income allocation between personal expenses, income generating-related expenses and savings, adding value to products and services, planning and dealing with unexpected personal and (self)employment events, buying and selling on credit, importance of reinvesting into your income generating activities
Many Akazi Kanoze youth are embracing entrepreneurship as the way forward in Rwanda. The Advanced Entrepreneurship Manual is an adaptation of the International Labor Organization’s Know About Business curriculum and aims to provide youth with the foundational skills and knowledge necessary to become a successful entrepreneur, from identifying and assessing a business idea to developing a business plan. Modules include: Getting Ready for Entrepreneurship; Finding a Good Business Idea; Establishing a Business; Operating a Business; and Developing a Business Plan.
Accelerated Learning Programs
AKA is committed to continuing to further our graduates' professional development. This lead to the creation of Accelerated Learning Programs in English, Kinyarwanda, and Mathematics, which will provide youth with accelerated basic education at the P5-6 level, focusing primarily on enhancing literacy and numeracy levels in Kinyarwanda, introducing English, and other topics from the primary curriculum. This program will be complemented with market relevant entry-level technical training in selected sectors, career guidance, work readiness skills and work experience opportunities.
Early Childhood Development Caregivers
The Early Childhood Development (ECD) Caregiver curriculum and training program aims to provide young women who have completed nine years of basic education to become certified ECD caregivers in disadvantaged communities.
Providing 3 – 6 year old children with the opportunity to learn and develop at an ECD center with well-trained caregivers will enable them to acquire the pre-school learning skills they need to thrive in primary school and beyond. Increasing
access to high quality ECD programs for disadvantaged children through training and certifying female youth as caregivers is a new and sustainable approach to community-based ECD service provision, as well as an employment opportunity for unemployed female youth. Modules include: Understanding How Children Think, Behave & Learn; Creating a Positive and Safe Environment for Children; Health Promotion; and Creating Learning Materials/Toys from Local Resources.
Small Business and Cooperative Management
The Small Business and Cooperative curriculum is designed to provide youth who have successfully complete the Work Readiness Curriculum with the foundational skills and knowledge necessary to become a successful income generating activity (IGA) owner or cooperative member. The module aims to equip youth with the information and skills needed to identify, establish and manage an IGA or cooperative, including solid record keeping and financial management. The curriculum covers Getting Ready for Business; Finding & Establishing a Good Business Idea; Record Keeping & Financial Management; and Cooperative Management.