I. ABOUT IPRC Ngoma
The Integrated Polytechnic Regional College (IPRC Ngoma) is one of the Colleges of the Rwanda Polytechnic Higher Learning Institution (RP) and has been in existence since November 14,2012 when it was established as the Integrated Polytechnic Regional Centre East (IPRC East). The then IPRC East acted as the base of the Workforce Development Authority (WDA) in the Eastern Province.
With an area of 9,4 ha, its main campus is located in the premises of the former Ecole Technique Officielle (ETO Kibungo) in Ngoma District/ Eastern Province. ETO Kibungo was established in 1989.
IPRC Ngoma currently provides technical and vocational education and training for different qualification levels of the Rwanda TVET Qualification Framework (RTQF).
- HISTORICAL BACKGROUND
The Technical Secondary School of IPRC East (former ETO KIBUNGO) was established in 1989 by the Government of Rwanda supported by the World Bank in terms of equipments and infrastructures. The first group of 160 students was admitted in the school year 1989/1990. The school was offering technical training courses of three years leading to ordinary level (A3) in general mechanics, carpentry, construction, electricity and automobile mechanics.
During the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi, the school stopped its activities because of the war. There was destruction of infrastructure and plundering of equipments, tools and teaching materials.
On 23rd October 1995 classes resumed with the support of “GTZ/ETO-MINEDUC” project.
In the school year 2002-2003, the Advanced Level (A2) was introduced in ETO KIBUNGO in General mechanics, Electricity, Construction and Automobile mechanics.
In 2012 KIBUNGO Technical Secondary school was providing trainings in following trades:
Motor Vehicle Mechanics
VTC (Engine Mechanics)
In November 2012 Kibungo Technical Secondary School has been upgraded to an Integrated Polytechnic Regional Center (IPRC) in Eastern Province by the Government of Rwanda. The IPRC was comprised of three constituent campuses; a Vocational Training Centre (VTC), a Technical Secondary School (TSS) and a college of technology. Furthermore, it acted as WDA’s base for supervision, implementation and coordination of technical education and vocational training courses and TVET activities in Eastern province.
In 2017, all IPRCs and other public polytechnics were merged to form one higher learning institution. Rwanda Government established Rwanda Polytechnic Higher Learning Institution (RP) by the law N° 22/2017 of 30/05/2017. The law determined the mission, powers, organisation and functioning of RP.
RP currently has eight constituent colleges named Integrated Polytechnic Regional Colleges (IPRCs), including IPRC Ngoma.
The IPRC Ngoma’s mission is to implement technical and vocational training courses at all levels focusing on knowledge, technical and entrepreneurial skills for school leavers, unskilled and unemployed population.
IPRC Ngoma aims to be a renowned institution that excels in providing technical, vocational and innovative education for sustainable development of Rwanda and region.
The guiding principles that dictate behavior and actions of IPRC Ngoma are following:
The core functions of the IPRC Ngoma are:
1.To implement technical and vocational training courses at all level focusing on skills for the unskilled and unemployed population as well as students who have completed nine years of basic education;
2.To supervise and coordinate with private education providers, NGO-run TVET centres and industry-run training centre on the delivery of TVET training in the region of Eastern province;
3.To provide Competent-Based Training (CBT) curriculum developed by WDA to all TVET centres delivering vocational training in the region of Eastern province;
4.To provide quality assurance TVET delivery by ensuring that all curricula are CBT, the integrity of examination protected and all TVET lecturers and instructors are adequately trained;
5.To organize technical train-the-trainer programs for all technical and vocational schools located in the region of Eastern province;
6.To organize pedagogic train-the-trainer programs for all technical and vocational schools located in the region of Eastern province;
7.To supervise and coordinate with all public TVET centers and Polytechnics Campus on the delivery of training in the region of Eastern Province.