The Minister of Youth and ICT, Jean Philbert Nsengimana, yesterday, presided over the closure of a nine-month internationally recognized computer training of 146 security personnel, at Rwanda National Police (RNP) Headquarters.
The course offered by International Computer Driving License (ICDL) included 69 police officers, 55 from Rwanda Defense Forces (RDF), nine from Rwanda Correctional Services (RCS), eight from Rwanda Management Institute (RMI) and six from the Ministry of Youth and ICT.
Minister Nsengimana said: “We live in a world where no innovation can be initiated without the use of technology. Starting this course with security organs is proof that our liberation struggle has shifted to development. In our quest to develop, we believe security organs should always be a step ahead.”
“In developed countries, you can’t work for government without an ICDL certificate; in future we might consider adopting the same policy. With this certificate, you are competent enough to work in any place across the world,” he added, urging the trainees to put the acquired skills to good use.
ICDL is the world’s leading computer skills certification operating in 150 countries. Currently, there are 20 ICDL Accredited Test Centres (ATCs) in Rwanda.
Recently, it entered a formal understanding with the Ministry of Youth and ICT to train 85,000 government employees in Rwanda.
The ICDL programme defines the skills and competencies necessary to use a computer and common computer applications.
It offers a wide range of modules including Computer Essentials, Word Processing and IT Security.
Candidates create their ICDL profile by taking tests in the modules which are most relevant to their educational and professional requirements.
Speaking at the event, the Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIGP) in charge of Operations, Dan Munyuza said; “This training is very crucial especially to security agencies. We are currently living in a world where we must use technology in law enforcement and this is why we are glad to have our officers benefiting from this course.”
The DIGP said that more police officers will be undergoing similar course and pledged support to ensure that such trainings become a success.
The Director General of RMI, Wellars Gasamagera said that the training was the first of its kind and that RMI will ensure more people acquire it.
Brig Gen John Gacinya, who spoke on behalf of trainees, said that the training has reshaped their skills to contribute to the professionalism of their respective institutions.