IPRC South launched its brand new Bitumen Laboratory. Students received hands-on experience of the latest equipment and testing methods, used in road construction and other fields.
The new lab is capable of offering services in aggregate testing, cement testing, Bitumen testing (on construction sites), concrete testing, highway testing, soil classification, geo-technics and other Engineering surveying works. The lab was donated by PAFP, a Belgian common TVET support programme that has been operating in Rwanda since 2010.
Belgian Ambassador to Rwanda Arnout Pauwels looks through a topographic survey machine, one of the equipment at the new lab.
Officials at the inauguration ceremony of the new lab included the Director General of WDA Jerome Gasana and the Belgian Ambassador to Rwanda Arnout Pauwels. PAFP combines efforts with Flemish Association for Development Cooperation and Technical Assistance (VVOB); that implements development programmes in the Education sector, the Association for the Promotion of Education and Training Abroad (APEFE) and Belgium Development Agency (BTC). PAFP has been providing funds and Technical support to Rwanda’s Workforce Development Authority (WDA).
Funding for this project was made available by the Belgian Ambassyto support TVET in Rwanda with modern and relevant skills to the labour market. He commended the Government for making technical skills a priority in empowering the population. The launching ceremony coincided with the official closure of PAFP activities in Rwanda.
Jerome Gasana the Director General of WDA appreciated PAFP‘s activities and stated that the laboratory comes at the right time to improve Civil Engineering activities as Rwanda heads towards an advanced construction sector. Gasana added that Rwanda has in the past experienced lack of such testing facilities, a reason why IPRC-south needs to maximize its operation to serve a wide area.
The Principal of IPRC South Dr. Barnabe Twabagira also commended PAFP’s interventions in the Southern province which has improved quality training in schools, Managerial skills, provision of training equipment, career guidance, all which have left TVET at a promising level.
From 2010 till 2015, the Belgian Common TVET Support Program has been working closely with the Workforce Development Authority and its intervention in the Southern province has been done through the IPRC-South.