SEAD-West partner institutions prepare for curricula development with a look and learn tour


From 17-21 February 2020, SEAD partner institutions (IPRC Karongi, VTC Bumba, EAV Kivumu and GS/TSS Gisovu) participated in a five-day look and learn tour to gain insights on market needs and to inform the development and review of curricula on horticulture, crop production, food processing, irrigation and agri-tourism.

The tour aimed to support participants to understand the concept of food processing, agri-tourism skills and good farming practices. Through this 5-day program technical staff gained more insights in the requirements that need to be developed for a relevant curriculum that will equip students with the necessary and relevant skills and competencies. Furthermore, they can capture lessons learnt for the adaptation and improvement of current and future education services at their institutions, including formal education programs, research and innovation and community and outreach services; and can share the process of how others have developed their curriculum with colleagues.

The participants gathered experiences from a range of organizations, including higher learning and TVET institutions, private sector, agri-businesses that are already delivering similar curricula and applying required skills. At Sunripe Farm, participants learned more about farming as a business, good agriculture practices, irrigation techniques, harvesting practices and quality crops on the market.

At the University of Tourism and Business participants learned more about curriculum development, the challenges the tourism sector is facing and the possible ways of solving them.

There was also a tour to the Akagera National Park, where they visited Ruzizi Tents Lodge to gain more knowledge about tourism skills, hospitality, environmental conservation and level of labor skills. At Urwibutso Enterprise at Nyirangarama, participants learned about food processing practices, quality production and related market issues.

The SEAD-West project is strongly aligned to the currently running SEAD project under NICHE. Where SEAD is focusing on the poultry, dairy, horticulture and potato value chains in the Northern, Eastern and Southern provinces, SEAD-West is contributing to food & nutrition security in Western province of Rwanda.

The project will build new and strengthen existing partnerships to boost agricultural value chain development and ensures equal opportunities, labor market relevance and strengthening management of the chain actors for sustainability.

Nuffic Orange Knowledge Programme
SEAD-West is part of the Orange Knowledge Programme. Nuffic OKP contributes to a society’s sustainable and inclusive development by providing access to education and training for professionals and organisations in technical vocational education and training (TVET) and higher education. It is funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs as part of its development cooperation policy. The subsidy programme is managed by Nuffic, a Dutch non-profit organisation for internationalisation in education. It offers funding for long-term, demand-driven partnerships between Dutch knowledge institutions and organisations in 19 participating countries, as well as individual scholarships and Tailor-Made Trainings in all 53 selected countries. The € 195-m, five-year programme ends mid-2022, enabling tens of thousands to change their future. From the Dutch development cooperation policy, 4 priority themes have been selected on which to focus in the programme: Food and Nutrition Security; Water, Energy and Climate; Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights; and Security and Rule of Law. Cross-cutting themes in this programme are inclusion, employability and environmental sustainability.

Source: SEAD

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