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EF upskills tourism industry in Rwanda

As countries worldwide assess the impact of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the private and public sectors are finding new and creative ways to help nations prepare for recovery and fortify their economies for the future.

At EF Education First, we believe everyone has the potential to positively impact their communities; they just need the tools and resources to do so. For more than five decades, we’ve joined forces with leading organizations on the forefront of education and skills training. EF is honored to announce a new partnership with the Rwanda Development Board and the Mastercard Foundation to offer a comprehensive training program for Rwanda’s tourism and hospitality industry.

EF supports Rwanda's tourism and hospitality

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Launched in May 2020, the program focuses on boosting residents’ English proficiency and communications skills, which are currently a critical challenge for this sector within Rwanda. Training will be delivered online via EF’s award-winning virtual English school, EF English Live, and EF will work closely with local partners, including the Rwanda Convention Bureau, the Rwanda Utilities and Regulatory Authority and the Rwanda Chamber of Tourism, to ensure a successful program.

The program will also focus on hospitality skills, which include training staff with knowledge about Rwanda’s richness as a tourism destination and offering education on executing world-class event and conference service.

Photo ©Brendan Bannon; Main photo also ©Brendan Bannon

Mastercard Foundation is supporting the initiative through its Hanga Ahazaza (“Create the Future”) program, which focuses on increasing work opportunities for young people while expanding the Rwandan tourism and hospitality industry.

“This is a unique public-private partnership, entered into during an unprecedented time for the world and for Rwanda,” said Carl-Johan Westring, President, Customized Solutions at EF. “We are proud to be able to bring our global expertise and best practices in training to the Rwandan tourism and hospitality industry. We hope to boost morale among staff and equip them with the skills needed to make Rwanda the destination of choice for foreign visitors to Africa.”

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