2016 youth programs officially closed at IPRC East

The Integrated Polytechnic Regional Center East (IPRC East) on Friday held an official closing ceremony for the annual youth programs dubbed ‘Space for Children’ and ‘make them job creators’. Friday’s ceremony was presided over by the Governor of the Eastern Province Judith Kazayire who commended the programs as being in line with the country’s vision of encouraging youth to be innovative through technical skills.
Governor Eastern province Judith Kazayire (in white top) and other officials visiting projects done by youth under the two programs.
This year the two programs that are normally implemented during long vacations had 111 beneficiaries, who started training on November 21, 2016 at IPRC East.
The young ones demonstrating skills in ICT.
Space for Children program involves primary school pupils and this was the third time it was held at IPRC East. It was designed to help the beneficiaries grow up with a positive awareness on TVET, an entrepreneurial and innovative spirit, the culture of patriotism, volunteering, knowledge about Rwandan cultural values, self-organizing capacity, job creation skills and a culture of saving.
One of the beneficiaries receiving a certificate of completion from the Governor (R) and the Principal of IPRC East Dipl.-Ing. Ephrem Musonera (L). Behind, the Deputy Director General (WDA) in charge of training Irenee Nsengiyumva looks on.
The program also intends to enable children have leadership skills; instill the spirit of teamwork and emotional intelligence.Make them job creators program, which was implemented for the second time was designed to empower secondary school students with leadership skills, business mentorship skills, financial skills and entrepreneurial skills for their contribution to the rapid socio-economic transformation of Rwanda.
Young ones also acquire skills in civil education.
The Governor of the Eastern Province Judith Kazayire said creating awareness on TVET among children is important in promoting entrepreneurial capacity, through hands-on skills using new technologies. She added that this would enable the country to have a skilled labour force to fast track the 'made in Rwanda' campaign.


The empowered youth will help change the mindset and raise the confidence among their colleagues and enable them shift from the spirit of job seeking to job creation. I addition, this program will produce a great number of business mentors with high skills of entrepreneurship, project planning and management. The Principal of IPRC East Dipl.-Ing. Ephrem Musonera said the programs fit in their community outreach activities. 

''The secret in these programs is that they contribute to making future good technicians the country wants, who are skilled but particularly with cultural values and right professional attributes”, added Musonera.

The Deputy Director General in charge of Training at the Workforce Development Authority (WDA) Irenée Nsengiyumva said the Ministry of Education has reinforced career guidance as one way among others to ensure quality of education whereby a student chooses what he fits for. 

Emmanuel Rwamukwaya representing parents encouraged others (parents) to send their children to such programs because they exhibit well their fruits. He added that what is more interesting is that the children not only get skills in TVET but are also taught Rwandan cultural values which inspire their way of life.

Parfaite Irimaso, a secondary school student who benefited from Make them Job Creators program expressed how this has helped her change her mindset and perception about the possibility in job creation as she aspires to become an entrepreneur.

The two youth programs at IPRC East also involve study tours in different parts of the country. This year, beneficiaries visited the Kigali Convention Center and the Special Economic Zone.