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04.08.2011 09:37 Category: MINALOC News

MINALOC LAUNCHES MASTERS' PROGRAMME FOR FORMER DISTRICT LEADERS


From Right to Left Prof RAMA, Prof Silas Lwakabamba, Hon. Minister MUSONI James, Dr. Mugisha Fred during the official Opening

 

The Ministry of Local Government in partnership with the National University of Rwanda on 2nd August 2011 officially launched Masters Programme for 41 Former District Executive Committee Leaders at NUR-Kigali Campus. 20 students have been enrolled in Development studies, 5 in MBA, 1 in Economics and 5 in Peace and Conflict Studies. The ceremony was presided over by the Minister of Local Government Hon. Musoni James, NUR Rector Prof. Silas Lwakabamba, and Rwanda Education Board Deputy Director in charge of Higher Education and Students Loan Scheme Dr. Mugisha Fred.

The programme is aimed at providing an opportunity for capacity building for former district leaders. This partnership was initiated during the quarter of last year. The programme started with a refresher course in English which is a big boost to the students to help them enhance the language skills before venturing into their respective courses.

Hon. Musoni James in his remarks expressed that the start of these masters programme is part of the promise from His Excellency, Paul Kagame. This is in recognition of the good job done by these former District leaders and fits in the broad vision of His Excellency where Rwanda’s basic resource is its people.  “The Ministry and the Country is investing in you to even perform better in the future, it is a bond and tie between the nation and the citizens you have been serving well and our expectations are high”, said Hon. Musoni James. He went on to say that this programme is more to do with exchange of knowledge as these former district leaders have been more exposed to government programs, policies and strategies together with practical experience in local government administration and management. Therefore the programme will serve as an opportunity for them to share their knowledge with University lecturers. Students will use this as an opportunity to understand the dynamics and challenges in this shift of role.

 In a bid to develop a knowledge based economy in Rwanda, Local Government Leaders need to be equipped with the best skills to ably deliver to the Country’s expectations with profound performance. The Ministry looks at partnering with Higher Institutions of learning to develop and introduce post graduate education programmes that will help Local Government authorities being innovative, productive and transformational leaders. This comes at the time when Central Government is leaving implementation of most programs and planned activities by Local Governments.

The Rector of NUR welcomed students and pledged the University’s commitment to make this partnership fruitful as it will create a difference among former district leaders in particular and Rwanda as a whole. He went on to share how the University has managed to bring together its scattered programmes that have been previously offered in different areas within City of Kigali housed in NUR-Kigali Campus facility.  “In the past we have been running programmes in different parts, we were spread all over Kigali, but now we have 15 classrooms which are big and can take the whole of the masters’ programmes”, said Prof. Silas Lwakabamba.  The Rector hailed the Government for the support the University received to start up this facility. He called upon these students to be exemplary citing discipline and hard work as pillars to achieving success and best results.

On behalf of Rwanda Education Board Dr. Mugisha Fred expressed the Board’s readiness to seize the opportunity and collaborate with the Ministry and NUR in implementing the programme. He went further to say that knowledge is good when shared.

As there is increasing need for increasing access to higher education in Rwanda, the National University of Rwanda is venturing in different parts of the Country. Currently the University has a campus in Rusizi and the newly opened NUR-Kigali Campus at KIST. The University is starting an open and distance learning programmes which will help so many people located in different parts of the country benefit from these programmes.