Don Bosco Muhazi TVET held its 1st Agriculture Graduation Ceremony
By Jules M Sugira
On 19th December 2023, Through Gender Matters for Green TVET project, Father Raymond BAVUMIRAGIYE, Principal of Don Bosco Muhazi TVET School, Sister Leocadie NYANZIRA, Gender Officer Aurore NIYITANGA and Job Service Officer Jules SUGIRA officiated the first graduation of 21 single and young mothers in agriculture short course.
The graduates have been studying agriculture course for 6 months. The beneficiaries of the Project are vulnerable single mothers and young mothers mainly coming from rural area of Gasabo and Gicumbi districts.
Sponsored by the project, mothers did internship at the end of their studies to learn more about what they acquired theoretically.
They did also receive start up tool kits made by goats, pigs, and agriculture materials.
In additional, they meet the mentors and trainers in business and cooperatives creation.
They learned how not to rely on one business, and with this they learned how they can make soaps by their own, they learned how they can craft bags and how they can make tofu for sell.
“I thank the sponsors because Through the sponsorship, I was able to acquire skills, and now I am ready to practice what I learned everywhere in Rwanda and of course I will be paid, and I will be able to provide for my baby, and as my brothers and sisters are depending on me.” Said TUYIZERE Rachel, a graduate
GWIZA Florence, another graduate thank the project, because it came as an answer to her problems. As she was poor asking people to rent her their fields, but it always ended up in loose due to lack of agriculture skills.
She added that she was very happy to participate into the courses because through it, for the first time she went to the capital of Kigali during the internship.
In his remarks, Father Raymond BAVUMIRAGIYE, asked the graduates to use the skill they acquired with a focus on producing tangible results to prevent themselves from those who took advantages from them by impregnating them and left them at the end. He advised also the youngest mothers among them to go back to school for other vocational trades, to improve their wellbeing.
After this first promotion, the second phase will start in January with vulnerable young men and women, as intended by the project of Gender Matters for Green TVET, with an aim to promote gender equality and eradicate poverty among the youth.