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Northwestern University

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Fall 2017

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Rwanda: Post-Genocide Restoration and Peacebuilding


As Rwanda strives to become the ICT hub of the region, it will need to develop its greatest asset: its people, in ICT skills. This exploratory study used 30 semi-structured interviews, observation and secondary data from different sources, schools, students and NGOs, to answer a simple question: how does an everyday, working adult Rwandan learn new computers skills for a new computer age? This study found that a wide variety of suppliers fulfil different niches that give prospective students a range of prices, content, schedules, certification, practices, etc., and that demand is increasing for a host of different reasons. It also described accessibility for different disadvantaged groups, specifically women, the poor, the disabled, the uneducated and illiterate, and those living outside Kigali. All of them face different challenges - for example for women it was more socio-cultural and for those living in rural areas it was infrastructure. Finally, quality was also touched upon, with generally healthy indicators but common themes found in terms of current and future challenges like inadequate formal education, and supply-side costs.


Adult and Continuing Education | African Languages and Societies | African Studies | Community-Based Learning | Computer Sciences | Technology and Innovation | Vocational Education



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