The project supports the Governments of Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to improve access, quality and relevance of their respective Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) systems. This addresses the key development challenge of unemployment and underemployment brought about by the low quality of skills provided by the current systems.
Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo, commonly referred to as the Great Lakes region, are historically and geographically linked together and share a number of challenges inherited from a troublesome colonial period. They have in the past faced situations of political instability which have accelerated armed conflicts. The three countries face common challenges albeit not to the same proportion. These range from weak private sectors, shortages in skilled workforce, weak vocational training institutions and training systems, insufficient qualification frameworks and large numbers of unemployed youth.
The PROMOST project is currently in its second implementation phase. It uses a systemic approach and works closely with formal and informal Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) sectors and the local rural population to achieve five main outcomes:
The main activities implemented by the project include but are not limited to Training of Trainers (ToT), capacity building of TVET managers and stakeholders, short-term training of the vulnerable rural population, apprenticeship, rehabilitation of the micro-training providers in the informal sector, linkages between the private sector and the TVET providers and proximity support to business development and entrepreneurship for training graduates.
The specific sectors of focus are: carpentry, masonry, welding, food processing, auto and motor mechanics, knitting, bamboo processing, hairdressing, leather production, electricity, photography and videography, tailoring, boat making, plumbing, photovoltaic and soap making.
The project seeks to contribute to improved employment opportunities and income generation for 5,750 youths (40% female) from the rural population in targeted areas in the Great Lakes region. This will be achieved by improving their access to quality and labor market-oriented vocational training.
Six public TVET Schools were constructed under PROMOST in the Western province of Rwanda. These schools fully belong to the government and are being managed by their respective districts.
Development of Technical Training Guides
Training for trainers and teachers in TVET schools, craftsmen engaged in the apprenticeships, and the administrative and management staff of TVET schools
These sessions were held to raise training capacity and quality, to upgrade pedagogy and technical skills, improve the management and coordination of TVET institutions.
A regional RPL System was developed and piloted in each of the three countries.
This was a significant achievement for the programme and is expected to pave the way for more RPL certifications in further trades and finally its institutionalisation within the countries.
Establishment of formal linkages between TVET and the private sector
The establishment of sustainable, permanent links between the private sector and TVET providers is one of the programme’s priorities. This is a crucial aspect for ensuring that training provision is market-oriented. The programme enhanced the capacity of the private sector to effectively network amongst themselves and interact with the TVET schools to improve their service provision, productivity and competitiveness.
17 stakeholder platforms were created at local levels (communes in Burundi, districts in Rwanda, a province in DRC) in each of the three countries. These platforms form an important basis to ensure the sustainability of future project activities.
Due to the establishment of new training modalities, PROMOST has contributed to the massification of vocational training. In essence, about 11 000 people in the region have benefited directly or indirectly, 85 % of whom have increased their incomes. Young people became aware of the importance of being self-reliant and qualified; women were able to strengthen their autonomy by diversifying their activities while small entrepreneurs enhanced their production and incomes.
Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)
2016 - 2019
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