Jean Damascene Habimana, 55 and founder of 2020 Vision Vocational Training Centre in Nyange sector, Musanze District commended Workforce Development Authority WDA for helping him achieve his dream.
This comes after Habimana, a tailor of 37 years’ experience planned to set up a vocational training centre to share his knowledge with youth and help them achieve sustainable development.
Talking to this website, Habimana revealed that there were no technical schools in the area yet many youth were willing to join such schools to acquire different skills.
However, like any other project, the beginning was not easy with no equipment and few students until Workforce Development Authority (WDA)supported me with materials worth Rwf14,he said.
WDA donated modern sewing machines, a computer and other materials in addition to contributing half of the trainers’ salaries.
Ever since the school was set up in 2009, up to 609 students have completed short courses in tailoring.
Some of the students revealed that they have started making small money while at school,saying it will be easy to achieve social economic development once they finish the course.
Millichance Bamporiki, a student highlighted that he decided to join tailoring because he could not manage farming, saying in 3 months he has learnt a lot to earn him little money so far.
Leonard Hitimana, a married man confirmed that after training in tailoring he earns money to take care of his family’s needs.
“I have made 3 sweaters and I make Rwf1000 profit from each. This small money helps me provide for my family since I have no other job because iam a student,” he said.
There are eight vocational schools in Musanze district with more than 600 students.
Workforce Development Authority (WDA) is an institution that provides a strategic response to the skills development challenges facing Rwanda across all sectors of the economy.