The Federal Republic of Germany intends to build on the long existing cooperation to strengthen Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in Rwanda.
Kfw supported projects in pleasing progress
The Director of KfW Development Bank in Rwanda Markus Baer on Wednesday visited projects in TVET supported by the Federal Republic of German in two vocational training centers (Mpanda & Kavumu) where he appreciated current progress.
Projects visited include construction, rehabilitation and supply of training equipment in the two vocational training centers located in Ruhango and Nyanza districts respectively. WDA in June 2016 received 5.5 million euros (Rwf4.6 billion) from the Federal Republic of Germany through its KfW Development Bank for the construction, rehabilitation and equipping 5 TVET schools.
According to Markus Baer the visit was intended to see the progress being made and the situation showed positive insight on plans to launch the next phases.
Other schools benefiting from the Kfw support are Nyamata TSS and Nelson Mandela VTC in Bugesera district and Gisenyi VTC in Rubavu district. A second phase of 7 million Euros is yet to be launched in support of more seven schools to be followed by a third one worth 10 million euros.
According to the Director General of WDA Jerome Gasana, a meeting with contractors in different construction and rehabilitation sites is scheduled soon to gauge the remaining work as plans for the next phase are under way. Gasana urged directors of the two vocational schools to continue adding value to their products made by students as they think of branding for proper identification on the market.
The Kfw support covered the contruction of training workshops, dormitories, dinning rooms and supply of equipment in different trades like welding, Plumbing, Carpentry and Culinary Art. According to the Director of Mpanda VTC Gilbert Ndagamira, this support comes to boost the quality of student products especially with the existence of a production unit established to empower income generating activities.