Rwanda has received a US$7million grant facillity from South Korea intended to support ICT development in the country.
Rwanda’s Finance Minister, Amb. Claver Gatete said that the grant comes to reinforce the good cooperation that exists between the two countries because South Korea has been supporting Rwanda not only for this project but also in other sectors.
“For this one, they are trying to establish about 60 centres and there will be two in every district across the country. They are also targeting to train more than forty thousand teachers by 2020, which is quite significant by any stance,” he said.
He also said that the support will be very important for Rwanda to achieve the quality of education which is the main area where the country needs more support especially with focus on ICT and Science.
South Kerea’s ambassador to Rwanda, Kim Eung-joong, said that his country has achieved a remarkable economic growth in a short period through the development of education, and human capital despite not having plenty of natural resources.
He firmly believes that, “this project will contribute to the development of human resource and knowledge based economy of Rwanda by improving the Rwanda’s three key targets of accessibility, quality and relevance of education.”
Kim also promised that his country will continue to render the support to Rwanda for the achievement of its ambitious vision.
Meanwhile, the grant will be used in implementing CADIE (Capacity Development for ICT in Education) that will focus on capacity building of 43,000 primary and secondary teachers as well as 446 District and Sector education officers, regarding using ICT in education.
This program will be conducted in 60 centres of excellence for ICT in Education, located in all districts across the country.