THE Chinese government will finance the construction of a vocational training institute in Muko Sector, Musanze District to the tune of $10 million.
Speaking during a tour on Tuesday of the proposed seven hectare site of the institute, the Chinese Ambassador, Sun Shuzhong, said that his government decided to support human resource development by supporting the education sector in the country given that it is an important area for the future of the nation.
The Ambassador was accompanied by the State Minister for Education, Dr. Mathias Harebamungu, provincial Governor, Aime Bosenibamwe, and the local district authorities.
He commended the good cooperation his country has with Rwanda, which has enabled the Chinese government to not only invest in the vocational school but also in infrastructure development. The envoy also visited the China Hinan construction company which is contracted to build the Ruhengeri-Kigali highway.
Harebamungu revealed that the institute which is in line with government program of setting up Integrated Polytechnic Regional Centres, will include the departments of ICT, agriculture and food processing, construction and carpentry
“It’s part of the good relations Rwanda has with the Chinese government. We have had students who have acquired education from China” Dr Harebamungu said, commending the Chinese government.
He added that students who complete lower secondary will have the opportunity of being admitted to the training centres that will be opened up in several regions
“We need trained middle class people with vocational skills. The 9-Year Basic Education (9-YBE) programme will produce many students who shall need to be accommodated,” Harebamungu said.