The Foundation launched its Young Africa Works strategy in Rwanda in 2018 marking a shift to focus on looking at countries holistically and identifying key growth sectors and opportunities to build a skilled workforce.
Our Goals: Equip 30,000 young men and women with the skills they need to transition into employment in the tourism and hospitality sector.
Improve the quality of teaching and learning in secondary schools so young people have the skills and competencies they need to succeed in work and in life
Context: Since 2000, Rwanda has experienced a period of sustained economic growth, social development, and political reform, lifting a million people out of poverty. Rwanda has set ambitious targets to achieve middle-income status by 2020 and is in the process of developing its National Strategy for Transformation and Vision 2050. The population is young and growing; close to 80 percent of Rwandans are below the age of 35 and the median age is 23.
Our Approach: Through consultations with government, the private sector, civil society, other funders, and young people, we launched the Young Africa Works strategy with the announcement of two new projects in Rwanda:
Hanga Ahazaza will increase work opportunities for young people in the tourism and hospitality industry. The sector is a priority growth area for the Rwandan government and will position the country to compete globally. Growth in this sector will have a ripple effect and create another quarter-million jobs in sectors like food, logistics, IT, and banking.
Leaders in Teaching develops passionate, skilled teachers and prepares them to deliver high-quality secondary education so that young people have the skills and competencies they need to succeed in work and in life.
The Centre for Innovative Teaching and Learning in Information, Communications, and Technology (ICT) is a five-year initiative lead by the Mastercard Foundation. It aims to spark innovation in the use of ICT in secondary education.
Now in the early stages of planning, work from the Centre will: drive the innovative use of technology to close the gap in access to quality education; build evidence of what works in ICT for education; and create an active network of ICT leaders in secondary education to advance the integration of technology in education policies and practices across Africa.
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