On this Thursday, 8th November,2018 Amizero y’Ubuzima Center which takes care of children living with mental disabilities has organized an event to celebrate excellent achievement and to present their activities officially.
Dr. Bernd Bierbaum The first President of WIR FUR RWANDA (an international organization) which has founded this center said <<Excellent as you have noticed these children are people like others they are able to do productive works as others, they are smart and able to perform any duty once they are given opportunity of studying .I love them too much, these children have shown us that they have a better future and they will support themselves, All they need is love from everyone.
He also talked about a letter from Rwanda Education Board (REB) which says that REB cannot afford to pay salaries for teachers teaching these children in integreted classes because it is not an inclusive education.
Dr.Bernd Bierbaum said that : he is not with the same view with REB because these children need to be taught in special schools.
He continued by saying funds have decreased that they are no longer able to continue to pay salaries for teachers from integreted classes ( Classes located in state schools) and because of that board of WIR FUR RWANDA has decided to put these children under the responsibility of Gisagara District. I think that if the Government of Rwanda accepts to pay salaries for teachers in integrated classes these children will continue to study.>>
Dr.Bernd Bierbaum also talked about their future expectations like a continuous support to these children, a building which will be used to develop different TVET activities
Executive Secretary of Kibirizi Sector who represented Mayor in the event and the guest of honor SIBOMANA Damien appreciated Amizero y’Ubuzima for the collaboration with the District in developmental activities, he also thanked Dr.Bernd Bierbaum for the excellent achievements. He pointed out also the contributions of teachers in taking care of children living with mental disabilities and promised him a continuous support from government institutions.
Fatuma Kamuyumbo one of parents who has a child living with mental disabilities and the representative of other parents was also present in the event and had an interview with amakurumashya.com and said that her child was born and the child had a problem on the neck. Her neighbors harassed her saying that she had a child who was not complete.
She continued by saying she doesn’t regret to have a child like that because from the time she joined Amizero y’ubuzima Center she has hope that her child will be better. She even said that her child is able to speak English.
She also pointed out the problem they face in bringing children in Amizero y’Ubuzima Center like to get transport fees.
Representative of WIR FUR RWANDA in Rwanda and the Managing Director of Amizero y’Ubuzima Center NTIHINYUKA Francis said that they receive children aged between 7 and 12 and they teach them ordinal courses for 2 years and then after they are sent in school located in their sectors for 3 years and then come back to pursue TVET coursed depending on what each and everybody is able to pursue like maconry, construction , agriculture till the time they will be able to support themselves.
Till now they have sent out 5 children and we have initiated programs for following them up, What we have achieved are enormous ;Children are able to read, write , play.
Our team (girls) has won a cup in Special Olympic Rwanda and they are still bringing medals in different disciplines….
He thanked all of their partners for their contributions in their development.
In that event also teachers who have been trained about mental disabilities have been awarded certificates.
This event prepared by Amizero y’ubuzima Center had the purpose of celebrating their achievements, presenting their future projects .The event has been attended by different organs whether public or private, partners , parents and the children living with disabilities.
Amizero y’ubuzima Center has been founded by Dr.Bernd Bierbaum in 2011.