1316 young girls graduate in technical skills as AGI Rwanda phases out

On 23rd December 2014, at the IPRC stadium Kicukiro, over one thousand young girls graduated in technical, entrepreneurship and life skills. This is the second and the third cohort of young girls trained by Adolescent Girls Initiative (AGI). This graduation comes at the phase out of this project supported by the World Bank and implemented by the Ministry of Gender and Family Promotion and the Work force Development Authority (WDA) 
 
The colorful graduation was presided by MIGEPROF  and attended by other key partners namely the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Local Government, the World Bank representatives, the representatives of TVET schools, young girls and their relatives and the very known music singers who warmed the event, to mention but a few.  
 
The graduates are the young girls from Rulindo, Gasabo, Gicumbi and Kicukiro and were trained in Culinary Art, Agri-Business, Food Processing and Art and Crafts.
 
Henriette Umulisa, the Permanent Secretary (PS) in the Ministry of Gender and Family (MIGEPROF) giving her remarks at the graduation, she commended the young graduates to make the most of their gained skills and become ambassadors and agents of positive change in the Rwandan society but greatly in changing the minds and behaviors of women and young girls.
 
Although AGI is phasing out, the Director General of WDA Jerome Gasana, is optimistic about extending the project, he mentioned that there are plans to extend the project and implement it country wide. Once the initiative restarted it will continue to help improving employment opportunities, enhance incomes and empower targeted disadvantaged young women aged 15-24 years to successfully transit from school to work. 
 
AGI made great stories 
 
As the AGI project phases out the total number of girls enrolled was 2,074 girls distributed as follows: 639 girls were enrolled in the first cohort, 704 girls enrolled in the second cohort, 731 girls enrolled in the third cohort.
 
For the three cohorts of training, the number of trainees (girls) enrolled in the Agri Business is 302 girls, 721 were enrolled in Art and Craft, 445 were enrolled in Culinary Art trade and 597 in Food Processing. The largest number was enrolled in Art and Craft with 34.9% of the total girls enrolled in the 9 VTCs.
 
In general, the training was a success because 91.2% of all enrolled girls by the AGI Project completed successfully.
The number of Cooperatives formed in all the 9 VTC; in all trades for the three cohorts is 69. 13 are in Agri Business, 23 in Art and Craft, 14 Culinary Art and 19 in Food Processing. 
 
Cooperatives formed by AGI girls are registered at different levels: RCA, District and Sector level as follow:
38 Cooperatives with a representation of 55% are registered at RCA level, 22 Cooperatives 31.9% at the District level and 9 Cooperatives which represents 13.1% are registered at Sector level
 
A total of 158 girls of all girls achieved training and are working in Private sector and 46 have started their own business.