Kigali, Marriot: On 11th December 2020, the Vice Chancellor of Rwanda Polytechnic Dr. James Gashumba presided over the handover ceremony of the revised 10 TVET and 10 new curricula that were developed by Rwanda Chamber of Tourism, private sector stakeholders, and the GIZ/Hanga Ahazaza initiative , which is part of the Mastercard Foundation’s Young Africa Works strategy.
The revised and the new curricula that were developed are for the Tourism and Hospitality sector and it is estimated that at least 5,000 TVET students studying Tourism and Hospitality will benefit from this partnership in the next five years.
In his speech, the Vice Chancellor of Rwanda Polytechnic appreciates and values the great work which was done by GIZ/ Hanga Ahazaza and other stakeholders and says that the development and the revision of the TVET Tourism and Hospitality curricula will enable Rwanda Polytechnic’s students to acquire skills required to compete in the labour market.
To ensure they meet the requirements of regional and international standards, the development and revision of the curricula were done in cooperation with the Kenya Utalii College, the leading educational institute in the Tourism and Hospitality sector in East Africa. Furthermore, the curricula are pre-validated and endorsed by over 160 leading industry and education experts with years of hands-on experience and knowledge of the Tourism and Hospitality market needs.
The curricula follow the guidelines of the Workforce Development Authority for Competency-Based Curriculum Development (2013). They are based on a streamlined approach, which maximizes high-level industry input, effectiveness, and efficiency. Within the new curricula, eight are in Hospitality and two in Tourism in RTQF levels 1, 2 and 7, including two short courses. Similarly, eight curricula in Hospitality are revised and two in Tourism in RTQF levels 3, 4 and 7.