Rwanda’s way of Investing more in its human resource potential including the participation of Diaspora has emerged the country from the ruins of war with a vision to be an economic power.
Rwanda has dwelled on designing an educational system that would produce thinkers -Nobel Laureates- and problem solvers, and indeed most scientific and technological breakthroughs just happens to among the country’ s master plan.
“Instead of divisive politics, our vision was to bring together the people of the country, for them to value each other. It all starts with the people, we are investing in the education, health, capacity of our people to be able to contribute and participate inclusively to Rwanda’s development,” said Paul Kagame, on March 6, 2013 at Everest Capital Emergent Markets forum in Miami, U.S.
We are building institutions that will be a firm foundation on which the people of Rwanda can build on. We have worked to make sure our economic growth is not just numbers but is inclusive of all Rwandans,” said H.E. Kagame
The country has also realized the evolving important role of Rwandan Diaspora in the national development of the country.
Therefore, it found a way to entice its skilled Diaspora population, declare corruption a taboo and a national enemy to see a rebirth of a new nation.
The educational system must get a 360 makeover to hasten domestic talent development.
In an effort to improve the education section, In 2006, with the Nine Year Basic Education Policy NYBE), the Government of Rwanda expanded the purview of fee-free and compulsory education from 5 to 9 years, including 3 years of lower secondary education and since 2012 fee-free is 12 years , including 6 years of secondary education.
During the forum Kagame added that: “You need leadership in order to do it. These countries have to come together; you have to have institutions and rule of law. You have to fight corruption; people can’t just believe that leaders are benefiting but not the people. It is countries that make population healthy, that educate population and give them skills and empower their women that will succeed. The most important infrastructure is the infrastructure of the people,” added Kagame at the forum.
It must be hands-on oriented for workplace readiness. This dimension of human capital preparedness is therefore, what the country needs to even attain its 2020 vision.
Rwanda could be the perfect example of Africa’s rapid growing economy reliant upon the development of its human talents.
A success story, that can be attributed to prioritisation of education and massive investment into domestic talent development.
Thanks to Kagame’s emphasis and prioritisation of human capital development, Rwanda with virtually no natural resources is on the verge of becoming Singapore of Africa.