Gov’t launches rehabilitation and vocational centre at Iwawa Island

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The ministry of youth (Mineyouth) have officially launched a rehabilitation and vocational centre at 87 Hectors Island of Iwawa in Rutsiro district of western province that hosts majority being former idlers

Iwawa Island is currently hosting almost 900 youth who are going through civic education sessions for six months and after they will have to go through other vocational disciplines as tailoring, mechanics, and brambling, hair dressing also agriculture

During the official launch, the minister of youth appealed to the youth to have faith in government and be stable in following all programs designed to make them better people and added that “the centre is not a prison, however staying here is the mandatory”

“We have designed the curriculum with Work force Development Agency of this initiative to help you become better people useful for your families and the country,” Protais Mitali told hundreds of youth who received the delegation with hymns

“You will go back needed at the job market since you will acquire relevant skills and certificates bearing testimony of what you have learn,” Mitali

Jean Marie Munyaneza, who is the coordinator of the center appealed to the government to seek for the permanent solution of the big number of immigrants who run from the village to the towns being the cause of idlers and street children

In the separate interview with, Fis Bizimana, 22, married who claims to be doing with HIV say he is worried with his life at the rehab centre

“I knew it when I arrived here, just after the check-up, strait away i begun taking simple medicines and now am worried with my wife and three months kid,” as the management of the centre says that at least 29 people are having the virus

According to their representatives, Joseph Higiro said that they are having problems of not having basic needs as source pans, enough infrastructures and eating once a day

“We have problems that need some attention, many of our people are married and our families are not aware of our whereabouts, since we were arrested and just brought abruptly,” Higiro said

However, the youth minister said that there working on procedures to identify them and involve the districts for the official communication
“We are looking into ways how the trainee can be visited and also visit their families after identifying them,” Mitali added

Gasigwa Gakunzi who says is 14, told this paper that he was arrested watching a movie with colleagues and he had asked the permission to the mother since he was in holidays. He said he goes to Kabeza primary school

However, Mitali said that no one is below 18 at the centre calling it playing tricks to avoid the useful skills to be acquired
Minister promised them biogas installation to boost the distant island with power to cook and light

Iwawa Island is neighbouring Bugarura island which is in 20kms both are of Rutsiro district and near to ijjwi of DRC

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  1. munyankindi jean claude

    May 5, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    Ni byiza cyane gushyiraho iki kigo,ariko se nk’umuntu ubyifuza kubwe yanyurahe ngo mumugorore.

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