Students studying the use of satellite information and the preparation of maps for use in various fields at the University of Rwanda (UR), have been asked to use the knowledge gained in social change. The RCMRD, which is training students at the University of Rwanda, is using the knowledge and technology that has been acquired in their studies to use it when they secure employment.
RCMRD Director General Dr. Emmanuel Nkurunziza explained that their partnership with the University of Rwanda wouldenable them to train students to focus on the latest technology in the world as it is a rapidly changing category and therefore requires young people to be stay abreast of new developments in the earth observation field with the latest knowledge. He further added that the knowledge provided in the school should be used by the students in the transformation and development of the agricultural sector among other sectors.
During the three-day workshop held at the University of Rwanda's Centre for Technology Research, RCMRD experts in various fields trained the students on maximising the potential offered by the latest earth observation technologies for their benefit and that of their country and continent.
The RCMRD team with the University of Rwanda staff and students during the laumch of the Kuza Aguka mentorship program on June 1, 2022.
Dr. Nkurunziza said, "We want to bridge the gap where employers say that universities are releasing students who do not have the necessary skills. We want to show them the needs in the world of work and the resources available so that in the existing classes, the students will have a glimpse of what is expected of them when they start working."
The 'Kuza mentorship program was christened "AGUKA' by the University of Rwanda students. AGUKA or 'COMING' means raising a child to achieve his or her dream.
Officials of the Aguka (Kuza, Mentorship Program at the University of Rwanda).
Prof. Gaspard Rwanyiziri, Director of the Institute of World Technology Studies, said that students need this training because in addition to what they are taught, they also need to get other knowledgeto survive in the job market.
The University of Rwanda has signed a five-year agreement with the Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development to help students become aware of what's happening elsewhere and utilize modern technology.
RCMRD is a 47-year-old institution. In Rwanda it works with the Ministry of Agriculture to monitor crop production, schools to encourage young children in science to study science, the Land Agency for Land land cover mapping and Meteo Rwanda.