Rwanda Telecentre Network (RTN) is a fast-growing network of ICT access points, making digital content (especially: digital services) available at certain points (especially: remote areas) to people who could otherwise have no access, these contents due to lack the required devices, connectivity or knowledge. RTN provides a rare bridge and cost-effective way to digital content creators to reach those people at the bottom of the pyramid. Recently, RTN has entered into a partnership with the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) to provide e-learning opportunities to those who want to improve their skills with the aim of increasing employability especially among youth. For more information about RTN, please visit

Rwanda telecentre network (RTN) in partnership with Commonwealth of Learning (COL) and Coursera is pleased to announce RTN-COL-COURSERA Workforce Recovery Programme, a fully sponsored e-learning opportunity. This program is the result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdown measures which have impacted thousands of learners and teachers in Rwanda, leaving them with little or no option to continue their education. In addition, thousands have lost their jobs and livelihoods; hence need reskilling to regain employment.

Specifically, RTN-COL-COURSERA Workforce Recovery Programme is for:

  • Those who are interested to gain new skills to enter into the job market
  • Students who are currently pursuing the final year undergraduate/diploma/postgraduate level.
  • Those who are unemployed and wish to gain the skills to start mini and micro-enterprises
  • Those who lost their employment/income opportunity due to COVID 19 and wish to gain new skills/upskill/reskill to secure a job or income opportunity.

If you fulfill the above criteria, please fill out the application form in the link: not later than 15th June 2020

About the Commonwealth of Learning (COL)

Hosted by the Government of Canada and headquartered in Burnaby, Canada, the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) is the world’s only intergovernmental organization solely concerned with the promotion and development of distance education and open learning. COL was created by Commonwealth Heads of Government to encourage the development and sharing of open learning/distance education knowledge, resources, and technologies. COL is helping developing nations improve access to quality education and training. To learn more about COL:

About Coursera
Coursera is an e-learning platform founded in 2012 by Stanford University computer science professors Andrew Ng and Daphne Koller. They were inspired by their experiences offering their Stanford courses online in fall 2011, and soon after left Stanford to launch Coursera.

Princeton, Stanford, the University of Michigan, and the University of Pennsylvania were the first universities to offer content on the platform. Offerings have since expanded to include Specializations – collections of courses that build skills in a specific subject – as well as degrees and a workforce development product for businesses and government organizations.

As of December 2019, the total number of partners is more than 200 across 29 countries. Coursera mainly works with universities and colleges, but also with corporates and governments. In 2019, the company raised $103 million in Series E round of funding from the SEEK Group, Future Fund, and NEA. The company reached a valuation of $1 billion+ in 2019.

For more information please visit the Q&A page: