German parliamentarians visit UR Huye to learn about Education and Mental Health in Rwanda Health

On Saturday, 14th February 2015, the University of Rwanda (UR) Huye campus hosted a delegation of German parliamentarians who are on official visit in Rwanda. At University of Rwanda Huye campus, the interest of this delegation was to find out the situation of Education and Mental Health in a country ravaged by the Genocide.

Upon their arrival at UR Huye Campus.

In her welcome remarks, Dr Usta Kaitesi, the Principal of the College of Arts and Social Sciences (CASS) and the Resident Principal of UR Huye campus thanked the delegation for their will to seek information on important sectors like Education and Health in Rwanda. She concluded her speech by inviting these guests to feel at home in Rwanda.

Principal of CASS , Dr Usta Kaitesi delivering her welcome remarks..

Mr . Janvier Gasana, Deputy Director General in charge of Quality and Standard in Rwanda Education Board explained that the structure of Education in Rwanda sets 3 stages namely Nursery Education, Primary Education, Secondary Education (with low level and upper level) and Tertiary Education. However he clarified that the above structure is for the general education but Rwanda introduced also the technical vocational training to enable as many youth as possible to acquire the skills that can help them to build their future. In this perspective, Mr. Janvier Gasana noted that Rwanda envisions enrolling 60% in TVET and 40% in General Education and currently, enrollment in TVET is at 48%.

Dr . Innocent Mugisha Sebasaza, Executive Director of the Higher Education Council informed that Rwanda counts a number of private and public higher learning institutions. He elucidated that in Rwanda as a liberal country allows foreigners to open campuses of their universities in Rwanda or run joint programs with Rwandan universities.

With regard to Mental Health, it was noted that due to Genocide perpetrated against Tutsis in 1994 in which a million of people were killed, in the aftermath of that period, Rwanda faced an exceptional large burden of trauma cases. In response to this challenge, the Ministry of Health Representatives affirmed that the Government of Rwanda put in place different policies aiming at solving trauma problems such as providing mental health problems at any health entity, training mental health volunteers and establishing academic programs related to mental health.

This delegation is made up of seven legislators from the committee in charge of East African affairs in the Germany parliament. They are in Rwanda on a four-day official visit.

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Story by Jean Baptiste Micomyiza

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