Over 900 delegates from all districts and the City of Kigali are undergoing a three-day training of trainers organized by RALGA in collaboration with MINALOC and other stakeholders, meant to induct newly local elected leaders from Village to Sector levels. The training of trainers was officially launched in all Provinces and the City of Kigali and on 10th August 2022 and will close on 12th August 2022.
At the official opening of the training of trainers, the Secretary General of RALGA, Ladislas Ngendahimana, emphasized the importance of this training a key enabler for local leaders to be able to discharge their duties.
“This training comes timely for several reasons: first, the current local leaders were elected during a critical period when the country was grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic. So they need to be empowered to be able to contribute to the country’s recovery. Second, these elected leaders have a big responsibility to drive the achievement of the National Strategic Transformation (NST1) which is closing in 2024. Third, over 70% of the current elected leaders are new, thus, they need to acquire necessary knowledge and understanding of government policies and programs as they play a key role in their implementation,” said Ngendahimana Ladislas.
The Secretary General also underlined that this training is a continuous process aimed at building capacity of all elected leaders at all levels.
“We provided an induction to elected leaders at District level in November 2021. That time, we committed before the President of the Republic to induct all elected leaders at all levels. It is in this regard that we are conducting this training of trainers and we have the plan to carry out similar trainings every year to ensure that we have empowered leaders, capable of serving the citizens.
This training shall focus on various topics including: the fundamental ideology of Rwanda’s governance since 1994 and Rwanda’s strategic choices; decentralization policy and responsibilities of decentralized entities; community mobilization; citizen participation; the principles of good governance; responsibilities and rights of citizens; healthy and capable citizens; information management and reporting as well as planning monitoring and evaluation.
The training of trainers will be followed by a nationwide induction of local elected leaders targeting 8,996 local leaders at Sector level, 37,125 elected at Cell level and 74,512 elected at Village level. This second phase is expected to conducted between 20th August to end of September 2022.
A snapshot of the official opening across the country
- City of Kigali
The training of trainers for City of Kigali was held in Nyamata, Bugesera District. It was officially opened by the Mayor of the City of Kigali, Mr Rubingisa Pudence.
The opening session on fundamentals of Rwanda’s governance since 1994 was facilitated by Honorable Mugesera Antoine.
- Western Province
In the Western Province, the training of trainers was held in Rubavu and Rusizi Districts and officiated by UWAMBAJEMARIYA Florence, the Executive Secretary of the Western Province.
The opening session was facilitated by NGENDAHIMANA Ladislas, the Secretary General of RALGA.
- Eastern Province
In the Eastern Province, the training of trainers was held in Rwamagana District and was officiated by Dr Jeanne Nyirahabimana, the Executive Secretary of the Eastern Province.
The opening session was facilitated by Honorable Protais Musoni.
- Northern Province
In the Northern Province, the training of trainers took place in Musanze District and officially launched by Nyirarugendo Esperance, the Governor of the Province.
The opening session was facilitated by Hon. Tito Rutaremara
- Southern Province
In the western Province, the training of trainers was held in Muhanga District. It was officially launched by Kayitesi Alice, the Governor of the Southern Province.The opening session was facilitated by Dr Jean Damascene BIZIMANA Minister of National Unity and Civic Engagement.