Kagame stresses need for increased investment in education to attain SDGs target

On 30 July 2021 at 07:29

President Paul Kagame has said that Rwanda’s investment in the education sector will serve as the foundation to guarantee better quality of education and give a boost to the country’s ambitions to build knowledge based economy.

Kagame made the revelation on Thursday 29th July 2021 at the ‘Global Education Summit’ discussing needed partnership to promote education globally.

It was also attended by other heads of state including Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya and Boris Johnson, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

As he delivered remarks, Kagame called on all countries to concert efforts to achieve envisaged Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.

“Globally, we still need to triple current spending in education to reach the Sustainable Development Goals target,” he said.

Kagame shared Rwanda’s efforts where the country is working hard to guarantee better quality of education.

“In Rwanda, we have worked hard to reach the 20% target of education expenditure [national budget], including an innovative national effort that built more than 22,500 classrooms in the last year,” he noted.

Kagame also highlighted that these classrooms will capacitate the education sector to drive Rwanda’s transformations.

“This serves as a good foundation to do more and indeed much more is required of all of us. For example, increasing spending efficiency alongside allocating higher amounts to education will ensure that all children are better prepared to lead more productive and fulfilled lives,” he affirmed.

These efforts will be aligned with investment allocated to higher learning institutions and universities to produce qualified graduates competent enough at the labour market.

“In addition, sustained investments in higher education are critical to nurture specialized knowledge and skills needed to grow our economies and accelerate development. Rwanda looks forward to continued work with the Global Partnership for Education and regional partners towards the best learning outcomes,” he stated.

Rwanda has been hugely investing in education. Apart from construction of over 22000 classrooms to cost over US$400 million, the country has been increasing teachers’ salary, books at secondary schools, revising school curricula, donating laptops to students from higher learning institutions and universities and enticing globally accredited universities to bring operations in Rwanda among others.