The Minister for Gender and Family Promotion, Oda Gasinzigwa has urged young Rwandan girls to pursue courses in science and technical education, as a way to eradicate poverty among women.
The minister made the remarks on October 19, 2013, during celebrations to mark the Day of the Girl Child whose theme was: “I am a girl, with a vision, value, my education, my right my future”. The international theme for this year’s celebration focuses on “Innovating for Girls’ Education.”
The Minister said that the concept of girl education should not be seen as a way of favoring girls but as a way of enabling them to take up similar roles as their brothers.
“We should encourage the young women to take on vocational skills as a way of enabling them to practice their education, earn a living and create jobs”
She emphasised that more women are needed in skills development and she encouraged young girls to pursue vocational education. ’’You are capable of achieving great things, the country will rely on you for its development, keep it up’’, said the Minister.
The celebrations were preceded by a tour of IPRC Kicukiro where girls demonstrated their activities related to technical and vocational training courses they followed.
‘’The TVET policy has been a solution for girls who could not reach tertiary education because they can follow technical and vocational training courses, which will help them prepare their future’’, said Minister Gasinzigwa.
Laurence Umuhoza, the Vice President of children’s forums at the National Level urged young girls to be confident. ’’Try and fail but never fail to try’’ Umuhoza said.
On December 19, 2011, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution to declare October 11 as the International Day of the Girl Child which is celebrated annually.
It focuses attention on the need to address the challenges girls face and to promote girls’ empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights.