One of the most challenging educational crises Rwanda faces is with its youth.
Civil wars, genocide and poverty have denied access to education to thousands of young people, 80% of whom live in rural areas and often don’t have the opportunity for education past primary school.
With two-thirds of Rwanda’s population under 25, unemployment is high, especially for the unskilled.
Mwogo, in Bugesera District, is one of the poorest areas of Rwanda. Children and youth make up half its population, yet there are no higher education facilities after primary school, leaving young adults trapped in poverty.
The need for skills training here is desperate. This month, in partnership with Ubumwe Community Centre, PF have created a lifeline by funding the only Vocational Training Centre in the area.
The first 45 students are beginning their year of lessons in Tailoring or Hair & Beauty and there’s a frisson of excited anticipation rippling through all of Mwogo.
45 young people are about to rewrite their futures.