Real Contractors Limited, a local construction and real estate company in Rwanda has awarded a brand new laptop and a job to Olivier Nsabamungu for emerging as the best student in his class.
Nsabamungu beat other students in Environmental Management and Water Technology class 2009, 2010.
Nsabamungu graduated with a distinction and was awarded an Advance Diploma at the ceremony held at the integrated Polytechnic Regional Centre Kigali (IPRC). Over 170 students graduated, at a ceremony attended by the Prime Minister Dr Pierre Damien Habumuremyi and Education Minister Vincent Biruta, among other senior officials.
Both the PM and minister stressed the importance of vocational and technical education in the country’s developing given that it provides skills much needed in the job market. The Prime Minister urged parents to take their children to vocational institutions since skills offered there help them create their own jobs after graduating.
Handing over the prize to Nsabamungu, Real Contractors Limited General Manager, Charles Lugira, said: “I have the pleasure to present an award to the best student, who has completed studies with the highest marks.”
Lugira urged other students to work hard. “You have a great responsibility to continue to pursue your careers and to continue to strive for excellence in every area of your lives,” he said adding that what the students acquired is, “not just an education but a ticket to change the world” starting with changing the industry and the country at large.
Lugira said the time has come for the private sector to foster relationships with institutions of higher learning to inspire technicians and engineers, saying they have responsibility in developing the country.
IPRC Kigali is one of the institutions in the country that are tasked to implement the technical vocational education training (TVET), more so to bridge the skills gap identified in the 2008 Skills Audit.
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