On July 15, RCMRD joined the world in marking the World Youth Skills Day (WYSD), themed Skills for a Resilient Youth' which recognizes the strategic importance of equipping the youth with skills suitable for employment. In the world today, the number of unemployed youth is on the rise according to UN, and is expected to hit 273 million in 2021.
As a TVET center, we understand that our world faces formidable challenges that require graduates with honed skills and the ability to solve problems, and helping young people develop skills makes economic sense. The industry has complained of half-baked graduates, which is now upon the training institutions to step up and offer skills that fits the needs in the industry. According to World Bank calculations, more than two billion working-age adults are not equipped with the most essential literacy skills required by employers. To break this narrative, we are at the forefront in helping the UN meet the SDG Goal 4, that is by ensuring inclusivity and equitable quality education that will promote lifelong learning opportunities.
We offer technical skill-based courses and we are in the process of introducing the Competency based curriculum as we have already trained the teaching staff. Our courses, which are majorly practical based, equip students not only with knowledge, but also skills required to perform specific tasks, operate tools and technologies thus promoting lifelong opportunities.
This day was celebrated at a time when there is a global pandemic and learning has been suspended therefore the theme for Skills for a Resilient Youth. The youth require skills that will help them maneuver unemployment and especially during such unprecedented pandemics - COVID 19 .It’s for this reason, that RCTI has gone virtually to offer online short courses in GIS, Computer packages i.e. ICDL, Computer graphics, Programming, Web design which arms learners with skills to employ themselves in careers such as web maintenance and development , graphics ,print design , photo editing and other graphic arts functions.
The long duration technical courses, which are Diploma in Cartography and GIS, Photogrammetry and Remote sensing and Land Surveying hones them with skills on map drawing, taking aerial images using drones , interpreting and analyzing them into maps. These are skills that can help reduce unemployment, improve the living standards and even raise an income if applied.