Best students showcase advanced TVET skills at Africa Skills Competition in Kigali

Kigali, 22 November 2018 – More than 2000 students from across Africa have showcased their advanced skills in Technical and Vocational Training (TVET) at the Africa skills competition 2018 organised ahead of the TVET Symposium taking place this Friday in Kigali.

The 3-day competition organised by the Government of Rwanda in collaboration with World Skills International and Festo Didactic seeks to enhance hands-on skills and international exchange of technical skills in the field of TVET. 

The competition taking place at Integrated Polytechnic Regional Center (IPRC) Kigali, from 21 to 23 November, focuses on seven trades namely Mechatronics, Electrical Wiring, Cooking, Welding, Plumbing, Brick Laying, Hairdressing. These trades are both important and common in the society and important for industry. 

It is an occasion for Rwandan and African youth to be exposed to a variety of skilled careers and equip them with the tools and resources they need to build a future.  The motivational and educational benefits of competitions will also build competitor’s character, confidence, commitment and self-esteem.

Hosting Africa Skills Competition complements the Government of Rwanda’s vision to promote TVET as guided by the principle of building a knowledge-based economy enshrined in the Vision 2020, according to Education Minister, Dr Eugene Mutimura.

DSC students from Morocco


The Minister of Education Dr. Eugene Mutimura visiting Morocco competotors on stand


“It will be an opportunity to highlight where we can put more efforts and know our standardisation among other countries”, Minister Mutimura further observed.

The Africa Skills Competition attracted a wide variety of different actors in TVET sector from different corners of the world who will also attend a TVET Symposium which takes place this Friday in Kigali.

DSC Welding stand

The Minister of Education Dr. Eugene Mutimura visiting Welding stand

Participants at the symposium will discuss and share experiences and expertise around different themes related to the contribution of skills development which is critical for industrial growth and job creation in Africa. Participating countries include Morocco, Uganda, Kenya, Ghana, Liberia, Rwanda.

World Skills, which organises the world championships of vocational skills, brings together young people, industry, government, education, and institutions, to promote the benefits of and need for skilled trade professionals. It currently has 79 Member countries and regions, most of which organise national skills competitions that help to prepare the workforce and talent of today for the jobs of the future.  


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