A total number of 59 students were feted during the Kitabi College of Conservation and Environmental Management (KCCEM) second Graduation. It was organized and held at the college headquarters in a colorful half day ceremony running on the 2nd May 2017 with a view to award and confer diploma awards to the students in a featuring with its official hand over from Rwanda Development Board (RDB) to the Ministry of Education.

The ceremony witnessed 59 candidates (8 Females & 51 Males) receive their diploma awards. Of these, 13 candidates graduated in Wildlife Tourism with 2 students obtained first class. 27 students graduated in Wildlife Management whereas 19 of 59 candidates were awarded diploma in Forest Resources Management.

This mega ceremony was written in the history of Nyamagabe District as it was the first time in this district to celebrate the post-secondary program graduation. This call was made during the welcoming remarks of Richard NASASIRA, the Principal of KCCEM.

He said “… but today, finally it is here. And for this I want to congratulate our dear graduates and parents. Honorable Minister and chancellor sir, this is our 2015-2016 class and our second graduating students and indeed our first graduating students here at Kitabi college headquarters. And of course, if I am not mistaken, here at Nyamagabe District in its history”.

The Welcoming remarks of Richard NASASIRA, the Principal of KCCEM.

Moreover, the Principal of the college asked graduates to take graduation as an opportunity to make a difference for the lives of their fellow citizens, families and neighbors. He also called on to step in the KCCEM mission of preserving and disseminating knowledge related to biodiversity, tourism and cultural resources through innovative teaching practices.

Tackling biodiversity arena, Her Excellency Frederique De Man, the Ambassador of kingdom of Netherlands ensured good partnership between Netherland and Rwanda specifically in biodiversity. She noted “The government of the Netherlands would be happy to continue the partnership with the government of Rwanda with no hesitate act to find solutions for sustainable environmental management challenges”.

H.E Frederique De Man, the Ambassador of kingdom of Netherlands.

Hon. Olivier RWAMUKWAYA, the Minister of state in charge of TVET, who was the guest of honor, inspired the fresh graduates to live dignified lives and become job creators rather than job seekers. He said “Your vision should be becoming self-sustainable through self-employment because creating your own jobs responds to not only your individual challenges but also reduces pressure on Government in addressing the unemployment gaps”.

Hon. Olivier RWAMUKWAYA, the Minister of state in charge of TVET, Keynote address to the gathering.

Speaking with the media, The Chief Operating Officer of RDB (COO) Mr. Emmanuel HATEGEKA who spoke on behalf of the CEO of RDB said that the reason of handing over the college to the Ministry of Education did not imply its failure to keep looking after the college, rather it is the wish of RDB to further strengthen and position the college for other growth opportunities. He further called on graduates to use acquired knowledge and skills for the betterment of the society.   

The DG of  WDA  Mr.Jerome GASANA witnessed the official hand over. signing the handover documents.

Story compiled by Jean De La Paix M.
Ass. Lecturer in charge of Languages.

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