USAID launches US$20.4 million initiative to boost youth employment in Rwanda

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The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Tuesday launched 20.4 million U.S. dollars initiative to help train 40,000 Rwandan youth in workforce readiness skills by 2021.

Dubbed Huguka Dukore, literally means “Get Trained and Let’s Work” in Kinyarwanda, the initiative was launched at the Kimisagara Youth Empowerment for Global Opportunities Center in Kigali.

It targets Rwandan youth 16 to 30 years old who have attained between six and nine years of basic education, according to USAID.

Official recent findings put unemployment rate among youth aged between 16 and 30 in Rwanda at 3.3 percent at national level. Among them 12 percent are from urban areas and around 13.5 percent are among university graduates.

The new initiative is expected to connect its over 40,000 participants with relevant job skills training, so they can find stable employment, start their own small businesses, or pursue further education.

The training provided includes work-based learning and internship opportunities, links to jobs and self-employment, entrepreneurship training and coaching, and access to financing, family planning, and reproductive health services.

The program will be implemented by the Education Development Center over five years period. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh

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