Akilah Institute for Women management has advised secondary school leavers and, parents with children interested in advancing their education have been advised on available training opportunities in various departments.
Participants in an event dubbed ‘Open Day’ held on Monday received career guidance and deeper insight on on courses offered by Akilah Institute for Women in the areas of; Hospitality Management, Entrepreneurship and Information Systems.
During the Open Day, the alumni of Akilah Institute for Women shared their experiences with the new and potential students. Aline Kabanda, the Akilah Institute Rwanda Country Director told IGIHE that during the Open Day, students and potential candidates are oriented on how training is conducted and the opportunities ahead on completion of studies.
“This event is meant to explain how Akilah operates and inform them about the training opportunities at hand before they enroll. This goes in line with showing them available materials, how they are used and meet other students to share experiences,” she said.
The closure of registration at Akilah Women Institute is due on 9th May 2017.
Akilah Institute focuses on good service delivery, events management, tourism, entrepreneurship and ICT. It offers and promotes education in English and has ample pedagogic materials including books and laboratories for practical exercises. Each student at Akilah Institute spends at least 512 hours attending leadership courses, building critical thinking capacities, and public speaking skills, setting goals and team spirit.
Stanley Mukasa, Entrepreneurship Program Manager, highlighted that the Institute gives primary focus on building students’ entrepreneurship capacities to enable them articulately execute their projects.
“We put much emphasis on translating knowledge into practice,” he said.
Mukasa said that Akilah organizes business competitions as students exhibit and demonstrate various projects, and help them improve what they start through Akilah Incubation Center which offers advisory services in projects inception, development and implementation.
So far, 5 excellent projects were awarded in 2015 while 10 others were recognized in 2016.
Girls in Information Systems are trained in courses enabling them to seek durable solution for problems affecting society through various software. Some of designed software provides support to people studying English and enabling information sharing among deaf-mute people.
Enrolled students optimistic
Bizasohora Rebecca, a student interested to study at Akilah from Kacyiru sector, Gasabo district has told IGIHE that she is satisfied with explanations from Akilah students.
“I have toured Akilah Institute and was delighted with the courses offered including English programs, Hotels management and Hospitality. I am also delighted with how a graduate is supported to compete at the labor market,” she said.
Mike Mulindwa Ssempa, Deputy Director of Recruitment and Admissions at Akilah Institute for Women called on secondary school leavers interested in becoming competent entrepreneurs to join the school.
Akilah provides 70% of the school fees as a loan for students but meet with inadequate financial means. Others pay in installments or after graduation when they get employed.
Over 1000 students applied to study at Akilah from February 2017 through www.akilahinstitute.org/apply while others registered at its headquarters in Kibagabaga; 200 of the applicants were selected after passing English exam (writing and interview). Akilah will enroll 400 students in 2017.
88% of Akilah students find job opportunities in not more than six months after graduation and 68 of 84 last year’s graduates found jobs shortly after completing courses.