Wednesday, 26 June 2013

World Bank team commends dev’t fund supported projects

m 9 World Bank team commends dev’t fund supported projects
Mpanda VTC students making Sofa designs
A team from the World Bank led by the state minister in charge of TVET Albert Nsengiyumva was impressed by trainings carried out by the winners of the first round of the Skills Development Fund (SDF) grants.
This was during their visit to Mpanda Vocational Training Center (VTC) located in Ruhango district, one of the seventeen winners of the first round of SDF grants awarded by the World Bank through WDA to enable the implementation of TVET. Over 500 million Rwandan francs was awarded to 17 winners in November 2012.
The World Bank team was composed of Sajitha Bashir (Education sector Manager Eastern and Southern Africa), Carolyn Turk (World Bank Country Manager –Rwanda) and Helen Craig (SDP Task Team leader).
Mpanda VTC was awarded 53 million Rwandan francs to increase capacity of training advanced carpentry.
Minister Nsengiyumva encouraged students to use existing productions in acquiring and sharing skills with the local society for improved standards of living.
The Skills Development Project (SDP) under WDA focuses on improving access to quality and demand-responsive vocational training.
It works under 3 components which are; Delivery of Quality and Relevant Vocational Training, TVET System Strengthening and Rapid Skills Delivery.
The World Bank team also visited Rubengera TSS located in Karongi district which has a potential to serve as a role model in teaching carpentry and wood technology.
Their visit was concluded at IPRC-West which is one of the 7 schools supported by the SDP. According to the SDP Manager Wilson Muyenzi, the support to IPRC-west is mainly in rehabilitation and construction, a project that is expected to be completed by January 2014.


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