22 November 2016
From 24-28th of October, the EmployAble Learning & Sharing Conference took place in Kigali with more than 30 delegates from 6 countries, among them deans and principals from vocational training institutes, government officials, disability mainstreaming organisations and employers.
EmployAble is a programme to model inclusive vocational training and employment in Rwanda, Kenya and Ethiopia with more than 400 youth with disabilities directly benefiting. Having arrived in its final year, a huge number of achievements were shared.
Just to name a few: in Kenya the team received over the last couple of months multiple requests from companies, among them Safaricom, for youth with disabilities to be trained and employed. In Rwanda a linkage was made with a Startup organisation assisting youth to access startup capital. In Ethiopia the policy for inclusive TVET is well advanced and renown vocational training centres like Selam are including youth with disabilities among their students as their own initiative.
Being together in a very conducive learning environment we discussed topics like setting up resource units for disability support in vocational training centers and to provide career guidance, mentoring of youth with disabilities in the workplace, appropriate support in different settings to facilitate communication with deaf youth, soft skill training for youth with disabilities and access to finance. We were able to dig deeper, as we engaged not from a theoretical point of view but based on practice through acquired experience.
The model that emerges as an effective model for inclusive TVET and (self-)employment has six steps. Based on the programme we are currently developing a practical guide, and expect to publish it early 2017.