This was announced during the international conference on "Re-shaping Education for Sustainable Development" which was organized by the UR- College of Education (UR-CE) through its Leaders in Teaching (LIT) Initiative Project, in collaboration with the Mastercard Foundation (MCF) and the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN).
The conference which concluded on March 30th, 2023, brought together researchers, scholars, educators, policymakers, and postgraduate students from different countries to discuss the future of education and how it can be adjusted to meet the needs of the labor market.
According to Prof. Wenceslas Nzabalirwa, LIT Project Academic Lead and Lecturer at the University of Rwanda, education should be centered on technology and labor market-oriented courses. He emphasized the need for teachers to take advantage of technology to revolutionize the education sector in this digital era.
He further stated that the UR is encouraging students, particularly girls, to develop a passion for Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) to tap into the opportunities available and bridge the existing gap.
Christina Jerome Shuna, a researcher and lecturer representing Dodoma College of Education in Tanzania, stated that the conference plays a significant role as it serves as a platform to share best practices.
The Vice Chancellor of the University of Rwanda, Dr. Didas Kayihura Muganga emphasized the importance of collaboration among participants from different countries to ensure the provision of quality education to students at early stages.
He stressed the need to invest in education, beginning from nursery education to prepare future academicians.
The conference was attended by participants from more than 15 countries.