The graduates received certificates following 15-month intensive training aimed at polishing their skills to address issues pertaining to water and sanitation in Rwanda.
The training is offered through International Training Program for Sustainable Urban Water and Sanitation project (ITP SUWAS) implemented by an International Development Consulting firm (NIRAS) and WaterAid.
Beneficiaries include experts in water and sanitation domains from different public and private institutions, civil society organizations, and utilities among others who are acquainted with skills to plan and implement sustainable water and sanitation projects.
Jean Paul Mbarushimana, the Head of Programs for WaterAid Rwanda and the National facilitator for SUWAS explained that those experts get chance to meet every month to analyze challenges and opportunities in water and sanitation sector to come up with tangible solutions.
“Everyone identifies a problem in respective institution and comes up with a change project. Graduates have acquired new skills, exposed to peers in different countries that they were acquainted with necessary skills to promote water and sanitation. Indeed, they share knowledge with colleagues to enhance planning and implementation,” he said.
Joseph Hahirwabasenga is a lecturer at the College of Science and Technology, in the department of Civil Engineering. He leveraged acquired skills to design a project intended to address shortage of water during the dry spell.
“As an academician, the training gave me an opportunity to emerge knowledge and get connections with different experts in water and sanitation. I am designing a sustainability project that seeks to address scarcity of water in Nyagatare district especially during the dry spell when the valley dams usually drain. I am optimistic that then project will benefit surrounding residents once completed and approved,” he said.
Facilitated by experts from Sweden, two batches have been graduating every year since the beginning of the program in 2017. So far, 36 graduates have been enrolled in the program and proved capability to introduce innovative change making projects at respective institutions.