Launched in Ndera Sector of Gasabo District in 2015, the college is the first of its kind in the East African region.
Prior to its introduction in Rwanda, such courses were only offered at a university level in Tanzania.
Speaking to IGIHE, the school head teacher, Jules Sebanani said they introduced the courses after finding that they were not offered anywhere in Rwanda yet the country needs skilled people in the field.
The two-year old school suffers lack of local teachers and employing expensive foreigners.
“We currently have competent teachers from Tanzania. It costs us because we need to pay each and every thing for them starting from the recruitment fee, meals and salary,” said Sebanani.
He said there are no educated Rwandans in the field and appeals for introduction of customs related courses at university to produce teachers for the field.
“We need support to help us teach our students but it would be better if we had a university that offers such courses so that we get Rwandan teachers in the future,” he said.
Annabela Mutoni, a senior five student at the school and currently conducting internship at MAGERWA, says the courses are helpful because she is now able to handle well her tasks.
“Others doing such job have studied accountancy or other subjects but I studied customs from senior four and I will carry on with them at university; so I will graduate with competent skills,” she said.
The school started with 30 students in the option in 2015, increased to 74 in 2016 and reached 159 students in 2017.