In its quest to engage with the community, the University of Rwanda- College of Education rallied round 130 needy families from Kimironko Sector. The families received Community Based health Insurance commonly known as "Mutuelle de santé". The initiative will help the beneficiaries to acquire medical services at the lowest cost.
In his address, Mr Karamuzi Godfrey, the Executive Secretary of Kimironko Sector expressed his gratitude to the college’s community and tagged the action to play a pivotal role in improving the population welfare and the development of the country. He also hailed other activities into which the College is involved; among others he mentioned students’ contribution in various community awareness campaigns and called for the partnership to ringer on.
Speaking on the occasion, Prof George Njoroge, the College’s Principal said that the outreach is part of the mission of the University of Rwanda which is community engagement. He also reassured that the College is on the verge of working with local authorities to ensure that it responds in appropriate ways to the needs of the community.
“We want to assure that for us to be able to achieve our mission as the University of Rwanda, we should be close to the community” noted Njoroge. He added that the country cannot have development if the academic institutions don’t respond to the community. According to him, the University is there because the people of this country want a relevant university that is going to transform the youth to be better human beings.
During the event, it was pointed out that the College is poised to be part of the process of what should be happening in the community. For this to happen, it will need to consult local government quite often so that it can be involved in the programmes that are set in local government. At the moment, an intensive literacy training is going on at the College, the initiative is spearheaded by students who also teach languages mainly English and Kiswahili to the surrounding community free of charge.
By Darius Murangwa