RWANDA: New school building unveiled
Don Bosco Muhazi preparing students for careers in technology-driven world
(MissionNewswire) Salesian missionaries with Don Bosco Muhazi Technical-Vocational School, in the Gasabo district in the Kigali province of Rwanda, and Father Pierre Célestin Ngoboka, provincial superior of the Salesians in the Africa of Great Lakes Province, inaugurated a new school building. Jean Michel Swalens, who represented the Belgian Embassy in Rwanda, local leaders, community members, and students joined in the celebration as well.
Since the school was established, roughly 840 students have received certificates in courses including culinary arts, masonry, tailoring, and literacy and math programs.
The new building, constructed as part of the ACTEC 2022-2026 program co-financed with the Belgian Directorate-General for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid, is equipped with all the necessary materials for students to take literacy and training courses.
A new computer lab will enable students to develop vital digital skills and enhance their computer literacy, preparing them for future careers in the technology-driven world. The building also has office spaces. The staff room will serve as a dedicated space for local ACTEC project coordinator and local job service officer who helps connect students to the job market.
The inauguration ceremony was a momentous occasion for the Don Bosco Muhazi school community. Students, teachers, staff and members of the community gathered to celebrate the milestone and express their gratitude for the immense support received.
A Salesian said, “The new school building is a testament to the commitment of the Belgian Government, ACTEC Urunana and Don Bosco Zwinaarde toward providing quality education and skills training among the youth. It represents a significant step forward in empowering the students of Don Bosco Muhazi to become successful professionals in their chosen fields.”
The Salesian added, “As the school enters this new chapter, it looks forward to utilizing the new facilities to further enhance the learning experience and create a nurturing environment for its students. With the new computer lab, training room, and staff room, Don Bosco Muhazi is poised to continue delivering excellent education and equipping its students with the skills necessary for a bright future.”
After bravely overcoming the trauma of the 1994 genocide, Rwandans looking to transform their country have made remarkable progress. Still, much remains to be done. Close to 39% of Rwandans live in poverty, according to the World Bank. Rwanda is a rural, agrarian country with about 35% of the population engaged in subsistence agriculture with some mineral and agro-processing. Many of the country’s orphaned children are the tragic result of a violent civil war. Half of all children drop out of primary school and 2.2 million people — 22% of the population — face critical food shortages.
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