Centre for Champions
The Rwandan Genocide of 1994, in which nearly one million people were killed in ethnic conflicts over just one month has had long lasting impacts on Rwanda. In 2007 AE Rwanda established the Centre for Champions (CFC) in response to poor education and few opportunities for employment. The CFC provides vocational training to young people who need help. Over 12 months, each pupil goes through three months of theoretical training in language and entrepreneurial skills, and then seven months of practical workshops. Students also elect one practical course that they will focus on. There are five course options:
Students stay onsite throughout the duration of the program with their food, uniform, training and other skills-related expenses paid for through generous funding from AE supporters. Mostly importantly, these vulnerable young people are taught the Gospel through Christian based education, so that they may know the God who created them and trust in his plan for their lives. Equipped with new skills after a year of training, students are given a government certificate of completion that will enable them to find employment and therefore give back to the communities that they have come from, to facilitate widespread social change.