Rwanda - Salesians visit Ministry of National Education

27 October 2017

(ANS - Kigali) - The leaders of the Office for Planning and Development (PDO) of the AGL Vice Province (Africa Great Lakes), together with the directors of two Salesian Technical and Vocational Centers, visited the Minister Olivier Rwamukwaya, responsible for technical and vocational schools in Rwanda. The purpose of the visit was to promote the Salesian technical and professional schools to create synergies and collaborations between the Government and the AGL Vice Province.

The Delegation consisted of Salesian Brother John Njuguna, Fr Innocent Gatete, Fr Raphael Katanga and Mr Jean Népomucène Nshimiyimana. On the occasion, Mr Njuguna, PDO Director, presented the activities of the Salesians in Rwanda and future prospects, especially regarding its technical and vocational centers.

Subsequently, the Minister congratulated the Salesians involved in the country's development through technical an vocational formation. He spoke of Kicukiro's Official Technical School (ETO), a former Salesian school that had formed many technicians across the nation. He then recalled how they had to limit their commitment to technical formation because of the terrible genocide that bloodied Rwanda, and the Minister encouraged them to redefine the objectives of technical and vocational training based on the country's needs and vision.

Dr Rwamukwaya expressed his joy on hearing that the Salesians wanted to increase its investment in the sector and asked the delegation to plan quality-based formation so that students who distinguished themselves for their skills and creativity would easily enter into the job market. "Salesians, give new splendor to Technical and Vocational Training and the Government will help you in your projects," he said in conclusion.

The visit represented an important event wherein to promote the Salesian vocational centers in Rwanda. For the near future, the Salesian Delegation intends carrying out further talks with the Government and with businesses to tailor their own formation and  work.


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