WDA staff joined staff and students of Nyamata Technical Secondary School TSS in Bugesera district in the monthly community work “Umuganda” to clear a bushy area measuring 5 hectares, reserved for the construction of dormitories expected to accommodate about 700 students.
The value of the whole work done was estimated at over 900,000 Rwandan francs. This came at a time when the school faces acute shortage of accommodation for its students.
According to the Director of Nyamata TSS John Sebahana, out of the 746 students only 543 are accommodated. Others stay in hostels provided by district authorities which are a kilometer away from the main campus, a situation that puts students at risk because they move at night especially females.
Speaking at the event, the Director General WDA Jerome Gasana said that the reason for participating in the cause is to support the school to realize its vision through provision of infrastructure, teaching equipment and carrying out rehabilitation.
He urged students to use this opportunity to maintain their best performance in national exams.
Nyamata TSS has also shown innovations in TVET. It was among the best three exhibitors in the 2012 TVET expo, after winning another trophy of best academic performers in the eastern province.
Bugesera’s Vice mayor in charge of economic affairs Julius Rukundo hailed the support since the local authorities have been so much concerned about the security of students who move late at night to hostels which do not have full control as compared to the main campus.
Gisele Nyiransabimana a senior six student at Nyamata TSS in Computer-Electronics said that staying in hostels far from the main campus reduces the hours of private study considering the time it takes to move to the place.
Nyamata TSS offers training in carpentry, Computer-Electronics, construction, Electricity, General mechanics and Tailoring.