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Create Future with Creating Jobs Rwanda

by C:F Team on 15th May, 2013 at 8:22 AM CEST

On May 4th, 2013 at midnight, the C:F plane landed in Kigali Airport, Rwanda. Don’t misunderstand us, we do not own a private jet, but we have big hearts that filled the plane of Turkish Airlines with C:F spirit! Bista Kumbaroska and Dan Croitoru were welcomed by C:F Chapter members Apiane Ndorimana and Jean de Dieu Karera, as part of the annual project “Create Future with Creating Jobs”, funded by European Commission, Youth in Action Programme. The partnership between Challenge:Future, CEEMAN and BCIT Rwanda have proved tangible results on local level and here is a short summary of what happened in those 2 days in Rwanda!

What was the purpose of the visit?

If we need to answer that in the national language of Rwanda, that would be “Hanga Umurimo" (translated as: Create jobs). By hosting several visits and youth empowerement events in Kigali and Musanze, the team of Challenge:Future managed to meet and work with 50 young entrepreneurs and business management students on increasing their business skills, improving their knowledge of internet and online research as well as discussing local success stories that may easily turn into global projects thanks to our C:F Chapter Network. According to the National Youth Policy of Rwanda, 67% of the country’s population is under the age of 25 years. Unfortunately, the youth in Rwanda faces many challenges that prevent them from benefiting from their country’s progressing economy.

“The lack of quality education is one of the challenges faced by us. We are not equipped with the right skills” Janvier said. “I always wanted to have my own business, because I knew I will not be able to find a job. But starting a business is very difficult. You need start-up funds that in Rwanda are very difficult to find. The internet offers many opportunities we don’t know of,” Claudien explained. “I know we have very many assets, but only if someone could tell us how to use Internet and our skills and which steps to take,” Dominique added.

Being faced with the challenge of electricity shortage, most of the young people live a life where Internet is an expensive good. Challenge:Future tried to change that. Not only that we shared several opportunities for start up funds and networking, but we also presented the possibilities offered by Challenge:Future, the importance of competition and tips how to use the internet most effectively. C:F also visited an Internet Cafe, owned by one of the attendees, used not only as regular Internet cafe, but also as training centre for the neighbouring children who lack basic computer skills. They were so excited to meet the first ‘white’ persons in their lives.

As part of the programme, C:F team also visited the biggest Catholic secondary boarding school in the region and had long discussions with the Academia Director, father Pascal Tuyisenge, on the academic challenges that formal education encounters these days. The discussion was also continued in the Orphanage in Ruhengeri, where more than 800 abandoned and parentless children have found shelter. The age groups vary, and whilst the youngest ones do not speak English or French, they did speak with their eyes and smiles.

Challenge:Future also worked closely with the team of SEN Rwanda, a student organisation that won the Youth Social Innovation Award in Kigali in 2010. The award enabled them to educate and train entrepreneurship to more than 200 pupils in secondary schools so far. With the help of Challenge:Future, their project will become globally exposed and bring together more global experiences to the youth in Rwanda.

Dan, Bistra and Dominique were interviewed for the National Entrepreneurship Radio Show in Rwanda! They explained what C:F is and how it plans to support youth in Rwanda in the next years.

Generating 30 business ideas for youth businesses in one day, visiting 5 different youth centres and discussing with more than 100 young people who require empowerment, motivation and computer skills in Kigali and Musanze was an amazing experience.

In case you didn’t know, plastic bags are not allowed to be used in Rwanda, due to recycling.

And the passion the youth shares there is big enough to solve the problems of the whole world.

Together, we are more!

For more updates on the events in Uganda and Nigeria, keep checking the buzz section :)

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pacifique ndayishimiye

pacifique ndayishimiye

Nice post from the work that you saw in Kigali and Musanze.If i knew that you were there i would be invited you to visit our new chapter at National university of Rwanda and meet with NUR students who are committed to share,learn each other and start new businesses around the country as students from the big University of the country for being role model of other youth in Rwanda.

15th May, 2013 @ 8:23 PM CEST

Dominique MVUNABANDI

Dominique MVUNABANDI

Wow....what kind of good summary of the event.
We enjoyed the event so very much.
Many thanks for DAN and Bistra

18th May, 2013 @ 3:57 PM CEST

Bistra Kumbaroska

Bistra Kumbaroska

I have been overwhelmed with positive memories and energy from your country and young nation, Dominique! This was an unforgettable experience and few things I will always carry in my heart and mind:

1. Young people in Rwanda know how to do something out of nothing. If the rest of the world is talking and re-discovering social innovations, you people are doing that almost every day.

2. It seems sustainability is not something to make a discussion about in Rwanda. People are born with it. Actually, we all are. But some world trends distanced us from what we really want to do and how to do it. Rwanda was a special lesson in this terms for me.

3. 50% of the people in the parliament in Rwanda are females - wow! Even some more advanced economies have no gender balance of that kind!

Oh...I can go on with the list till I reach 1000. But let me stop here and prepare a personal article on the whole experience :) :) :)

Thanks to the whole team for organizing not only an event but a whole empowerment program and route among different communities and youth organisations! I hope we contributed with our knowledge and skills to the development of an "online" C:F-spirit generation of youth :)

28th May, 2013 @ 2:17 PM CEST

Muhammad Ali Ali

Muhammad Ali Ali

Wow.Wow..................Bistr a && CF Rawanda!!!!!!!!! You people are Great!!!!!!!!!!!

Amazing.......

5th June, 2013 @ 3:54 PM CEST

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