Japan envoy to Rwanda Takayuki Miyashita has pledged Japanese continued support to Rwanda’s Technical and Vocational schools in a bid to help provide quality education.
Miyashita was speaking on Thursday as he opened new school building at Ecole Techinique de Kabgayi (ETEKA) in Muhanga District. The two-storey building, comprising 10 classrooms, two rooms for workshop and one store space, was built at the tune of Rwf123,177,310 with the support of Rwf63,672,436 from Japan.
“As the new Rwandan Cabinet swears in today, we are sure we can work with the new government for further cooperation, for the better life of Rwandans and further strengthening of our bilateral relations,” said Miyashita, commending Rwanda’s good use of funds from the Japanese grant.
He said that Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) remains a priority for Japanese support because it is highly needed on the labour market and helps on job creation.
Miyashita commended ETEKA and parents’ association which established the school on the wonderful work of equipping youth with practical skills, enabling them to create jobs.
ETEKA’s Principal Vital Burigo ensured good use of the new facility to further quality education, saying that good school facilities along with the school’s qualified staff are key to good training. Burigo added that the school considers upgrading existing building to keep improving the school’s facilities.
Mayor of Muhanga District, Ms. Beatrice Uwamariya, appreciated all parties which constructed the building and said the district attaches much importance to all efforts towards TVET development.
“Muhanga being among secondary cities, we are happy to acquire this new building which meets well the district’s Master Plan. This building will surely help harmonise the education offered by this school. We need more similar facilities in our district and our contribution is ensured,” she said.