Uwiringiyimana Grace is a young girl who has decided to do away with the cultural beliefs that ladies can’t pursue technical studies, especially welding courses formerly attributed to men only.
After realizing that the welding domain could give her a better living, Grace decided to enrol at Don Bosco Rango TVET School.
She said that the welding trade is the career of her choice because she loves it.
Apart from that, she was inspired by those already practicing the welding job.
“I have been inspired by welders when I saw how they make doors. That’s when I decided to join this career”, she said.
Uwiringiyimana is in level three in the welding trade.
The young girl is optimistic that at the end of her studies, she will be able to land her dream job or create her own welding workshop.
“I hope that after my studies, as soon as financial means are available, I ‘ll be able to set up my own workshop where I can practice my profession”, she explains.
Uwiringiyimana encourages other young girls to join Technical and Vocational trades adding that young girls should not underestimate the TVET studies: they are the same as other courses.
“There are some who try to discourage me asking if I am not ashamed as I am the only girl in a group of many boys,” she says.
“I say no, I am here to study and not to have any other affairs with boys. This is a profession for all of us. You can’t tell which one is for men and which one is for women,” she adds.
Don Bosco Rango TVET School is located in Huye District of the Southern Province of Rwanda. The School is owned and managed by the Salesians of Don Bosco.
For the school year 2020, the school has registered over 100 new students distributed in various trades which include Masonry, Tailoring, Welding, Culinary Arts, Carpentry and Hairdressing.