Gatsibo district has concluded plans to establish an Integrated Polytechnic Regional Centre (IPRC) that will be capable of offering certificates, diplomas and degrees, Taarifa reports.
During a district council meeting on Thursday, it was agreed that this facility will cost a total of Rwf7billion to construct.
Already 5 hectares of land have been identified within Kabarore sector where the state-of-the art IPRC will be built. The construction which begins this year will take about 18 months.
The new IPRC facility aims at skills development through Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET). The facility will have capacity to accommodate between 500 and 1000 students.
In February, the government of Rwanda secured a total of $81million from the Indian government – this money will be used to construct 14 standardised Technical and Vocational Training and Education schools.
The Workforce Development Authority (WDA) noted early this year that it had submitted a project proposal to Indian government; the total project is worth US $81million as a loan to help Rwanda boost vocation education both in quality and quantity.
Specifically the money is for constructing 10 TVET schools and four business incubation centres.
Rwanda government projection is to have more than 60% enrolment of those who complete O’Level.
Under this India-Rwanda partnership, districts that will get new TVET schools are; Gatsibo, Nyagatare, Kayonza, Rwamagana, Nyarugenge, Gakenke, Burera, Nyamasheke, Kirehe, and Nyanza.
The four Business incubation centres will be set up in Huye, Rubavu, Nyagatare and Nyarugenge districts.