The Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE) is a Pan African women’s organization whose mission is to support girls and women acquire education for development.
FAWE was founded in 1992 and its headquarters are in Nairobi, Kenya. FAWE Rwanda is one of the 34 chapters across Africa. It was founded in 1997 by a group of Rwandese women whose common goal is to build the country and promote national development through girls and women education. Since its inception, FAWE Rwanda has grown to become a reputable partner and focal point on female education in Rwanda.
FAWE Rwanda with the support from UN Women Rwanda Initiated a Rwanda Career Women’s Centre whose aim is to improve female participation in the labour market by equipping young women with the necessary skills to access employment and create profitable business.
They decided to include ICDL among the training that they offer to prepare girls and women for the digital world in the respective jobs they do. The girls recently graduated in Word processing, computer essentials and online essentials and the institution is planning to train another group of girls before the end of the year.
The center provides leadership skills training, entrepreneurship and digital skills as well as coaching and mentoring.
FAWE Rwanda trained 30 ambitious young women between the ages of 21 and 35 who completed senior six (S6) and have a certificate from any TVET or VTC, practicing what they learnt and set up small businesses but are struggling with how to run it effectively and gain more profit or linkage to financial institutions. The young women trained in entrepreneurship and digital literacy (ICDL) were then linked to financial institutions like BDF (Business Development fund) for possible support.