OK, so my blog's namesake wasn't mentioned, but this strategy is right out of Booker T. Washington's playbook. Rwanda's pro-free market president argues that for Rwanda to achieve its development goals and be a competitive economy, the youth must embrace technical and vocational training From The New Times (Rwanda): "The President described how the mainstream education system has not guaranteed employment. He argued that even with the increasing number of Universities, those who graduate can neither find employment nor create their own jobs. He urged the youth not to despise jobs giving the examples of Germany, Singapore and South Korea that prospered as a result of exceptional technical and vocational skills and the hardworking nature of their labour force. 'There was a time when South Korea was at the same level as the African countries. Today, they are 100 times more advanced,' Kagame said. Kagame further explained, 'They don't ignore jobs. What puts them a class apart is the skills they acquired from vocational and technical schools.'"
President Kagame argues that the shunning of vocational education must end: "The President pointed out that with a skilled labour force in technical education, more firms will set shop in Rwanda, consequently creating employment opportunities. He gave an example of Singapore where airplane engine factories have established factories as a result of the technical skills of the Singaporeans. 'These companies don't go to places because they have lawyers or economists, they set up the factories because of the skilled labour,' Kagame explained."