Nyabihu TVET School and Rwanda Coding Academy launched: The beginning of life-time coding career era

Nyabihu, 22 February 2019: Nyabihu TVET School and Rwanda Coding Academy launched officially by the Minister of Education Dr. Eugene MUTIMURA. This ceremony was also attended by the Minister of ICT and Innovation Mrs Paula INGABIRE.

As one of the presidential pledges, this school has been recently established as a Training Center aiming at increasing access to TVET. One side of the school was built and equipped by Suiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) trough Swiss Contact. The equipped workshops are for Leather Craft, Welding, Textile, Culinary Arts and Food Processing trades. It is currently hosting 129 students.

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Dr. Eugene MUTIMURA officially launched Nyabihu TVET School and Rwanda Coding Academy

On the other side, the school is hosting Rwanda Coding Academy, a special model school that has been conceived by the Government of Rwanda and initiated by partner institutions: Ministry of Education, Ministry of ICT and innovation (MINICT), Rwanda Polytechnic (RP), Rwanda Information Society Authority (RISA), Rwanda Education Board (REB) and Workforce Development Authority WDA. Rwanda Coding Academy opened its doors for the first time on 4th February 2019 starting 60 students in total distributed as 30 girls and 30 boys, who were among the top scorers in STEM subjects in last year’s (2018) O’ Level National exams. This model school will graduate its students in a period of 3 years attended by students who are Born To Code determined to pursue a life-time coding career at an early age to emerge as global software engineer.

 Press conference

(L) Dr. NDAYAMBAJE Iréné, Director General of REB (C) Dr. Eugene MUTIMURA, Minister of Education (R) Mrs Paula INGABIRE, Minister of ICT and Innovation in press conference after the launch of Nyabihu TVET School and Rwanda Coding Academy 

According to Minister of ICT and Innovation, Mrs Paula INGABIRE “Rwanda Coding Academy will address current shortages of software developers on market, reduce software experts from abroad and increase local software developer that can serve international labour market”

 Visitors

Different participants attended the event

The Minister of Education, Dr. Eugene MUTIMURA, said that students who admitted at the coding school were selected throughout the country basing on their level of performance in subject that the ministry thinks are relevant to coding such as Physics, Mathematics, and English as medium of instruction.

We thought that we should give opportunity to the best students and that’s what we did but we also put in consideration gender and we aimed at having at least 30 students who are females and 30 students who are males, this is the programme that is going to take place every year,” he said.

 RCA and NTVET S students                                               Students of both Nyabihu TVET School and Rwanda Coding Academy                                                                                                                                                               

Rwanda is sharing best practice with South Korean on how to design coding curriculum, and according to officials discussions are underway with some other countries that proposed some coding subjects.

 

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