By Elias Hakizimana.
New teaching modules that encourage girls to join Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) will soon be introduced in these schools in Rwanda to bridge the gap of gender as the number of boys still dominates one of boys.
The seven modules that highlights the interests of joining, practicing and benefiting from TVET courses were already prepared by the Workforce Development Authority (WDA) after their assessment that shown low participation of girls in such courses at less than 40 percent.
Genereuse Nyirakamana, WDA official in charge of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation and in charge of gender in TVET Schools told The Inspirer that the training will be ahead from September 18th to 27th, 2018.
Nyirakamana was speaking in Kigali, on September 18, 2018 amid the training workshop of teachers who are responsible for gender in TVET Schools where they discussed Gender mainstreaming for TVET Schools.
We have today started with Kigali city but all TVET schools will be trained, each having a-two-day training. We are training teachers in charge of gender equity and equality in TVET schools and we urge them to know what is gender equality and equity as well as the levels to follow in order to raise this principle among the TVET schools,” Nyirakamana said.
She said the number of boys still exceeds the number of girls especially in the so-called courses of boys.
“We experienced that people say some courses are dedicated for boys only, which is not true, and sometimes boys ignore to join some courses which they say are dedicated for girls, which is also not the fact, we need 50 percent of gender in all the courses.
We did a lot to raise awareness and encourage girls to participate so as to bridge this gap, we established Girls’ TVET School in Nyanza District and we will build more gradually but this was found not enough, reason why we chose to prepare supporting Modules that focus on gender principle as a sustainable solution,” Nyirakamana reiterated.
Trainees will be training their colleague-teachers and lessons will be spread to the parents out there at the grass root level to eliminate the mindset of some people who say that joining TVET schools is the second option.
“The main reason is also to complement the target of His Excellency President of Republic Paul Kagame to make HeforShe Programme successful by having 50 percent of gender in these schools by 2020. The number of girls is still between 20 and 40 percent while boys are between 60 and 80 percent,” she noted.
The new modules consist of monitoring tools that explain thoroughly what gender is and will help in changing the mindset of people.
“We will continue using the role models among girls who have practical activities to show other girls that everything is possible. We do also plan to do the TVET expo to showcase different activities of students and graduates,” Nyirakamana said.
Speaking to The Inspirer, Silver Byunga, gender focal point and student wealth officer at IPRC-TUMBA in Rulindo District said that the number of girls there is less than 30 percent and some of the underlying reasons include the mindset and culture.
“The problem starts from ordinary level as we receive a few number of girls and female graduates remain to have male dominance. Role models are needed to encourage girls to like TVET courses when they are still in lower secondary level,” Byunga said.
“Our recent survey shown that over 70 percent of TVET graduates are self-employed and others get jobs in different institutions,” he added.
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