The youth who were being trained in different technical courses at Iwawa Rehabilitation and Vocational Skills Development Centre graduated on Friday December 20th 2013.
Many of these youth were drug addicts and criminals who have been on disciplinary sessions in accordance with Rwandan community and vocational courses. About 732 graduated in masonry trade, 261 in carpentry, and 120 in tailoring.
James Safari, a graduate who recorded the highest grade says he has changed and is happy that all his fellows have also changed their course of life and they are ready to participate in the development of the country. “I am going to work and achieve personal develop as well as my home area.” He said
Safari was a drug addict and an alcoholic and just was rehabilitated, taught civic education, learnt about the dangers of drug abuse and developed hope for a better future.
Cassien Karenzi from Kicukiro district in Kigali city who was a drug addict has been at Iwawa for the last 6 months. He has been clean and is ready to go back to his home and teach his fellow youth the dangers of drug abuse and dependence.
The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Youth and ICT Rosemary Mbabazi urged the graduating youth to go back in their communities ready to be the catalyst of positive change to the other youth.
Iwawa Rehabilitation and Vocational Skills Development Center was created by the government of Rwanda in 2010. It receives street children and drug addicts and abusers and teaches them different technical skills for their survival. The centre is situated at Iwawa Island in Rutsiro District.