The Akilah Institute for Women held its 3rd graduation for students who completed Hospitality Management and Entrepreneurship course.
Located in Kibagabaga-Kigali Akilah on August 14, 2015 held the graduation of 45 young students completing three-year studies. Out of the 45 graduands, 29 are from Hospitality Management while 16 completed entrepreneurship course.
The 16 young ladies are the first to entrepreneurship studies at Akilah since its establishment in 2010.
Presiding over the ceremony, Jerome Gasana, the director general of WDA commended Akilah’s record of success in generating a competent pipeline of women for the ever-growing Rwandan economy.
The institute started in 2010 as a non-profit organization, offering a market relevant diploma course in Hospitality Management.
Akilah has so far started offering Entrepreneurship and Information Systems diploma programmes. Current student enrolment stands at 355 up from 50 in 2010.
CEO and co-founder of Akilah institute for women Elizabeth Dearborn Hughes said that their success in Rwanda comes from Support offered by government and the local community.
She added that the institute’s expectation is to see women rising through different career paths and becoming leaders of change in their respective communities.
“Today I believe that anyone can accomplish their dreams, basing on the vision you set yourselves. Always support one another in times of struggle, have remarkable compassion and love. “
Akilah targets young ladies who excel in the Advanced level examinations and have great leadership potential.
Its mission is to empower young women for personal and professional success by equipping them with market relevant skills delivered through tailor-made curricula.
One of the graduands Anne Niyomubyeyi expressed confidence in whatever skills acquired from the institute in relation to job creation and competition at the labour market.
Recently, Akilah registered as an International Non-Government Organization (INGO) under the name Project Akilah, shifting to a private college, registered under the Rwanda Development Board business umbrella. This move was to reduce its dependency on donor funding, as an oriented approach to empower talented young East African women.