The Mastercard Foundation announced a commitment of US$100 million to support new job initiatives for young people in Rwanda. The programs of the Foundation, that has initiated and supported similar projects in the past ten years, aims to train skills and offer job opportunities to 30,000 young men and women.
The Foundation pledges to support the Hanga Ahazaza program, that aims to equip 30,000 young men and women with customer service, ICT, and digital literacy skills, and provide on-the-job training and opportunities for employment. Africa.com reports that the initiative will also support small businesses in the tourism and hospitality sector through increased access to financial services and business development skills, so they can create more employment opportunities for young people. It is a consortium of partners from the education, development, and private sectors.
A second program – Leaders in Teaching – focuses on training, motivation, and professional development for teachers and school leaders. In Rwanda, at least 250,000 secondary school students will benefit as the initiative aims to improve Science, Math, and ICT knowledge and teaching skills for new and experienced teachers, improve the capacity of head teachers to create positive instructional environments, and recruit young people into the profession.
Africa has one of the highest unemployment rates in the world, particularly for young people. By 2030, there will be more than 375 million people under the age of 35 in the labour market.
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