The awards were presented yesterday during a ceremony that attracted students, educators, headteachers and partners of the education sector.
They range from three motorbikes, 8 televisions, 16 tablets and, two cows, school kits, training tickets, school fees among others presented to stakeholders with outstanding contribution to quality education as well as owners of technology and innovation projects.
Awarded categories include 25 female teachers with outstanding performance upcountry; students who invented innovative projects as well as students, teachers, and heads of education institutions who took part in the reduction of school dropouts among others.
Other awardees include creators of technology solutions used to maintain security, technology-equipped sticks guiding blind people, students involved in handcrafts groups among others.
The Minister of Education, Dr. Eugène Mutimura said that awarding stakeholders will be sustained.
“We bet that such technology will enable the country to reach goals to improve national economy and social wellbeing,” he said.
Dr. Mutimura explained that the Government of Rwanda summoned much effort to promote excellence rooted in capacity building and fostering youth’s development including centers of excellence present at different higher learning institutions and universities.
Awardees said the recognition gives them the courage to keep up the momentum.
“A total of 393 students abandoned school in 2018. We returned almost all of them except 18. We also brought back to school 82 students who had abandoned school the following year. The motorbike will help me to execute my duties and inspections smoothly,” said Callixte Mbarubukeye, the head of education in the Ngeruka sector.
The headteacher of Groupe Scolaire Base, Soeur Mukangabire Félicie received a cow for the project of rabbits farming among students which brought back 50% of students who had dropped out.
She explained that the initiative was welcomed since rabbits reproduce in a short period.
The event was organized in collaboration with partners including BPR Plc, RwandAir, Unicef, Umwarimu Sacco, BRD and Huawei among others.