Knowledge for Development

Rwanda: 200 girls to be sponsored in science and technology


Date: 05/11/2010


The Equal Opportunity Programme, a two-year project that is coordinated under the Rwandan Ministry of Education and funded by the African Development Bank (AfDB), targets to enroll a total of 200 young women in tertiary institutions by the end of 2011. According to the project coordinator, Diogene Mulindahabi, the goal of the project is to improve science and technology and industrial skills base by building the capacity of female students. At least 100 girls will, by the end of this year, be selected to join higher institutions of learning pursuing science and technology courses. The young women are currently undergoing a six-month training in science subjects, were selected from all over the country with the help of the national examinations body. The programme will help raise the participation of women in science and technology fields which is still weak at the level of higher education. (Source: AllAfrica, 21 August 2010)