CEFORMI is a Vocational Training Centre which belongs to the Anglican Church of Rwanda/Kigali Diocese. It is based in Gikondo Sector, Kicukiro District in the centre of Kigali City. The centre has been operating for 38 years now. The major concern of CEFORMI has been to empower disadvantaged youths with vocational practical skills that help them easily earn and uphold their living.
The disadvantaged groups on target include poor children/youths between 15 and 24 years of age who missed out on their formal secondary schooling; orphans, children of unknown parentage, street children, drug consumers, young sexual workers, unmarried mothers, and other young people who want to develop their talents.
So far CEFORMI has 8 trades, including Masonry, Carpentry, Tailoring, Welding, Plumbing, Electrical Services, Culinary Art &Hospitality and Hair Dressing & Aesthetics. We provide both technical training and life skills such as Behaviour change, trauma counselling and healing, Entrepreneurship, etc…
So far we can accommodate 250 students (200 in a boarding system; others in a day-training system). We have dorms that accommodate 100 girls and 100 boys. Each trade mentioned above has its own workshop.
CEFORMI is a private but accredited institution that works hand-in-hand with the Workforce Development Authority (WDA). This government-owned institution recognizes and signs certificates we deliver to the graduates of our school. We currently deliver a one-year- training certificates and/or six-month-training Certificates as per WDA policy, to provide training within a short period. After coursework, CEFORMI facilitates all trainees to get in touch with other companies/Service providers for a two-month-industrial attachment/internship for a better experience. This enables a large number of graduates to join the market of work force after a short period of training, hence making money and earn a living.
Mission and Vision Statement
CEFORMI aims at giving vulnerable and marginalized youth a chance of meaningful life based on Christian values, by promoting outcome-based vocational education and training.
CEFORMI seeks to provide vulnerable and marginalized youth of Rwanda with practical and life skills toward earning a living through paid work or self-employment.
Ever since CEFORMI started providing vocational training to the vulnerable youths coming from different corners of Rwanda, more than 1840 young people have graduated from this school. About 40% of those graduates are females. Some are now medium companies/enterprises owners; others are employed in various companies/workshops in Kigali and other parts of the country. We also have those who have been running their small businesses related to their respective areas of specialization.
Uniqueness of CEFORMI
The uniqueness of our School can be found in the fact that, our training is done on a short-term basis and we try to be holistic as much as we can. We provide both technical and life skills focusing on Christian values. At the end of the training the graduate is not only competitive on the labor market but also comes up as a solution to the community, not a problem. It is a reality that skills and humanity, when they come together, contribute muchly to the wellbeing of the person and the community in which he/she lives.
Cost of Training
Students in a boarding system need to pay 95.000 Rwf, equivalent of 118 US $ per term (3months), that is 285.000 Rwf (356 $) per year. Those in a day-training system pay 50.000 Rwf (62 $) per term, that is 150.000 (187 $) Rwf per year.
Our academic year is normally made of 3 terms+ 2 months of industrial attachment (internship) that is carried out in other companies/institutions for a better practical training experience. We also provide a six-month-training course when need be.
 There are young women who got pregnant by known and/or sometimes unknown men. These men have refused to take up responsibilities to support their illegally begotten children. These young women suffer financially and psychologically as this has stopped many of them from having formal schooling.