1,678 young people who benefited from rehabilitation services and Technical, Vocational Education and Training (TVET) courses like carpentry, masonry, tailoring and agriculture with literacy and numeracy, motorcycle driving and other crosscutting courses have graduated at Iwawa Rehabilitation Centre (IRC).
Apart from the 1,678 young people who received certificates of competence for rehabilitation and TVET Courses, more 402 young people who completed the rehabilitation programme at IRC but did not pursue TVET courses, were also taken back in their respective families.
In total, the number of young people reintegrated with their families from Iwawa Rehabilitation Centre was 2,080.
The Director-General of the National Rehabilitation Service Aimé Bosenibamwe appreciated the contribution of NRS stakeholders and partners in the prevention of delinquency, rehabilitation of delinquents and community reintegration of graduates from rehabilitation centres.
Bosenibamwe encouraged the Rwandan community to always provide a warm welcome to the youth graduating from rehabilitation centres and facilitate their social reintegration in the community in order to prevent recidivism.
“We all have the responsibility to help young people who graduate from rehabilitation centres to sustainably reintegrate in the community, in order to ensure their better future and prevent recidivism. Together, we can,” he said.
With an aim to ensure the social reintegration of graduates from Iwawa Rehabilitation Centre and prevent recidivism, the National Rehabilitation Service (NRS) in collaboration with stakeholders mainly districts have put in place a number of initiatives that support the reintegration of graduates from rehabilitation centres.
Some of the initiatives are: Creation of graduates’ forums at the sector and district level; Creation of forums for graduates’ parents at district level; Establishment of reintegration committees at sector and district level; Integration of graduates into cooperatives and Provision of start-up toolkits loans to graduates so that they implement their income-generating projects
NRS in partnership with the Business Development Fund (BDF) finances projects of Iwawa graduates’ cooperatives and individual graduate projects whereby a cooperative can be financed up to 10 million Rwandan Francs and individual graduate project up to 500,000 Frw.
Once a project is financed, the beneficiary will repay 50% and the remaining is a government grant. So far, 33 projects from cooperatives and 143 individual graduate projects have been financed. The total budget so far disbursed in this programme is 289,328,000 Frw.
Linking them with stakeholders who provide job or study opportunities: Iwawa graduates are reintegrated in their community whereby they are linked with job opportunities depending on their area of study, those who wish to resume their studies are linked with schools.
As noted by the Director-General of NRS Aimé BOSENIBAMWE, these initiatives help the Government of Rwanda to reduce the number of recidivists, follow up on the graduates’ status, location and welfare after rehabilitation as well as reduce the prevalence of delinquency and drug abuse in youths.