Mini project is an initiative by Academic staff of Gishari Integrated Polytechnic, to enhance the innovative and creative spirits of students. The mini projects also prepare them to become entrepreneurs after their studies and to solve daily problems in their living environments. These mini projects are done each semester, either in groups or individually. At the end of the semester, students present their physical model and reports in front of their teachers. The students are graded based on:

  • Their presentation skills
  • The content of their reports
  • The implementation of their mini projects
  • The ability to sell their ideas to potential investors
  • The ease of use of their mini project
  • The improvement to the existing


On Tuesday 05th May 2017 First year students in Mechanical Engineering at Gishari Integrated Polytechnic (GIP) presented their mini projects in front of the panel comprised by their Assistant lecturers and Instructors.



       A group of first year MEE students presenting their mini project “Portable Biogas Plant”


Below is the list of mini projects presented by the students:

  • Simple air compressor
  • Multi supply seeds machine
  • Cement sprayer machine
  • Improved axle stands
  • Mechanical hand blender
  • Rain sensor
  • Vehicle with electrical power plant
  • Electric air compressor
  • Economic bathroom water heater
  • Electric home bell
  • Engine pressurized sprayer pump
  • Portable biogas Plant


Among the above projects, two were selected as the most prominent ones. These are Engine pressurized sprayer pump and the Portable biogas plant.

The engine pressurized sprayer pump can be used by farmers in order to fight against insects that attack crops. It can also be used by sanitation authorities to spray homes to protect the population against malaria and other diseases carried by insects. The sprayer pump has five main parts: engine, turbine, water and additives assembly, sprayer, and system stands. The turbine is driven by the engine crankshaft. The main function of the turbine is to deliver water to the sprayer at high pressure. This project is marketable idea although it still needs some improvements.


Engine pressurized sprayer pump, another mini project presented.

The Portable biogas Plant is a project that aims at reducing the cost of biogas systems. Its main advantage is that it is easily movable in case people want to move from one place to another Even though it still has some challenges this project would be helpful if improved. The main challenge that this project faces is how to keep the temperature constant in order to keep the retention time short. Another one is the security since it will be installed on the surface.




         Portable Biogas Plant

The projects presented and others done by the students, they are very important for both students and the country as well. Most of the time such projects are presented in expo and they can be useful to the society. 

Gishari Integrated Polytechnic (GIP) on this Wednesday the 10th of May 2017 received 25 National and Regional students from Police Senior Command and Staff Course 05/16-17 (PSCSC) located at Musanze on a study tour. The PSCSC students were accompanied by 5 trainers and Commandant NPC,CP Felix NAMUHORANYE.

They were received by the Ag. Principal ACP Damas GATARE together with other senior managers of GIP. Upon arrival, the Ag. Principal presented to the visitors the general overview of GIP including its history, staff and students strength, infrastructural status and the corporate social responsibilities of GIP highlighting a significant progress and contribution to the socio-economic development of the country through the TVET training offered by the institution in various programs and trades.


                  Ag Principal of GIP ACP Damas GATARE makes presentation before the Police Senior Command and Staff Participants

 After the presentation made by the Ag. Principal, PSCSC students asked questions about the accreditation of programs, mechanisms of feedback to identify the impact made to the society through the products of GIP, the boundaries from which GIP receives students among others.

They were informed that the programs offered by the institution are nationally accredited by supervisory academic bodies such as Workforce Development Authority (WDA) and quality issues monitored through collaboration with sister institutions and higher learning institutions through external moderation. Tracer surveys are conducted to get feedback from the employers of the students who graduated from GIP as well as the students themselves which is very positive until now since most of the graduates are now employed. 

It was also highlighted by the Ag. Principal that GIP welcomes students from both within the country as well as international.


           Commandant PTS-Gishari CP V NSHIMIYIMANA and Commandant NPC,CP Felix NAMUHORANYE during the Visit

The visitors also toured different workshops to see the different activities done with in GIP.

 The workshops toured included Electrical and Electronics Engineering workshop, Plumbing Workshop, Masonry workshop, Automobile workshop, Motor Vehicle Inspection and Agri-Mechanization demonstration farm in which Heads of department made presentations about what is done from the different workshops highlighting different innovations done by the students.



           Head of Electrical and Electronics Engineering Department makes presentation about workshops and students' innovations.



                  Head of Civil Engineering Department,SHEMA Fred explains  the innovation conceived by students


    Group photo


 The comdt NPC,CP Felix NAMUHORANYE and Ag.Principal GIP ,ACP Damas GATARE(center) pose for a group photo with PSCSC 05|16-17





The Minister of Justice and Human Rights of Mali, Mamadou Ismaila Konate accompanied by the Minister of Justice and    Attorney General of Rwanda Johnston Businge and Inspector General of Police  visited Police Training School (PTS)    Gishari and Conducted  a guided tour at Gishari     Integrated Polytechnic         yesterday  09th March 2017.


Before this delegation taking the guided tour, they were received by GIP Principal who gave them welcome and an overview of Gishari Integrated Polytechnic. From this overview, they were introduced to the Institution background, achievements as well as challenges the Institution is encountering and way forward.

Guided by the GIP Principal, the team visited different workshops and innovation activities. They started with Automobile workshop whereby the Head of Department, TURABIMANA Pacifique, explained that their workshop is divided into two sections: one is for practical Sessions and the other one is the laboratory.


Visitors following Explanations in Automobile Workshop

 He explained that after the theoretical courses, students are taken to laboratory to observe the real vehicle components and their functioning. Afterwards, they move to  practical section for disassembling and reassembling while in practice. 

From the Automobile Workshop the visiting team was lead to Electrical and Electronics Workshop. The Head of Department, BAHIZI Venuste, gave explanations on the available products in the workshop. He explained the relay operation of  signal in Hospital for Communication between nurses and patients, traffic Signal Lighting System, Hydraulic and Pneumatic System, Electronic Work Practice, Solar Photovoltaic System Maintenance and Repair and finally the automatic irrigation system based on soil  moisture Level


                                                   Visitors following Explanations  on automatic irrigation system



 Another  workshop toured was the Plumbing Workshop. In this experimental learning area, SHEMA Fred, the Head of Civil Engineering Department said that the workshop is divided into two sections: Welding and Sheet metal and Pipe Works and Sanitary Appliance Installation.

He continued explaining that the welding and sheet metal has different machines dealing with sheet metal works such as:

  • Sheet rolling machine
  • Manual shearing Machine
  • Electrical shearing machine

The Head of Department in Civil Engineering showed also the rain water harvesting equipment, water storage system and supply and the Installation and drainage of sanitary appliances for plumbing works.

The delegation was also shown the students  innovations resulting from welding and sheet metal works. Those are the manual water pump and Lifting and Rotating Bench which have been produced by students themselves.


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                                  Visitors following Explanations  in Plumbing Workshop

 Finally, the visitors stepped to Masonry workshop . At this stand, the Head of  Vocational Training Department, MANIRAHO Jean d’Amour, announced the team that all the   products in the workshop are the students performance results. “The students are equipped with hands on skills concerning the building works in general such as Building Setting out, Elevation in stone, Bricks and blocks, steel and finishing works” he said.

Afterwards, the visitors went back to the principal’s  office whereby they signed in the visitors’ book before the visit closure. In his message the Minister of Justice and Human Rights of Mali  was impressed by "a formidable interaction of the police within the population and the development"


He is in the country for a five-day study tour. He has also visited Isange One Stop Centre and the Kigali Forensic Laboratory, both based at Kacyiru District Hospital on 06/03/2017.







On this 06th May 2017, Gishari Integrated Polytechnic commemorates the 1994 genocide perpetrated   against the Tutsis. The commemoration activities starts by a walk to remember from Gishari Police Training School to Gishari Genocide Memorial .


Walk to remember

 The Principal of GIP, ACP Damas GATARE,Governor of the Eastern Province Mrs. Judith KAZAYIRE, the Mayor of RWAMAGANA District Mr Radjab MBONYUMUVUNYI and the Executive Secretary CNLG Dr. Jean Damascene BIZIMANA.


At Gishari Genocide Memorial, the ceremony starts by taking a minute of silence for remembrance and then prayer lead by the Clergy (Bishop Inchi MATATA and the Imaam Ibrahim NTAKANYURA). From the walk to remember the ceremony continues at PTS multipurpose hall. In the same hall the continuation starts by lighting the flame of Hope and then an opening prayer by Bishop INCHI MATATA’s.After these prayers, the participants observe a minute of silence in loving memory of the innocent victims of the 

1994 genocide against the Tutsis. The guest of honor and the governor Mrs. Judith KAZAYIRE, the Executive Secretary of the National Commission for the fight against Genocide Dr. Jean Damascene BIZIMANA, the Principal of GIP ACP Damas GATARE together with other invitees deposited the wreath to the graves where more than a thousand bodies are put to rest.

The Principal of GIP ACP Damas GATARE , welcomes the guest of honour Mrs. Judith KAZAYIRE, the Executive Secretary of the National Commission for the fight against Genocide(CNLG), Dr. Jean Damascene BIZIMANA, The Mayor of Rwamagana District, the representative of the  Commandant of the Police Training School, the Regional Police Commander (RPC) in the Eastern Province among other participants. The principal GIP explains the role of remembering the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsis & calls upon the participants to fight against the genocide ideology and stresses on those who attributes the 1994 genocide against the Tutsis other different names like the Rwandan genocide, genocide of Tutsis and moderate Hutus etc .He concludes reminding the theme of the 23rd commemoration of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsis ”Remember the 1994 genocide against the Tutsis, fight against Genocide ideology and build on our progress”.



 The Principal of GIP ACP Damas GATARE welcoming the participants.

After the welcoming remarks of the Principal, the Executive Secretary of the CNLG Dr. Jean Damascene BIZIMANA gives a lecture .The lecture combines two following themes:

  • The characteristics of the Genocide Ideology and the role of Rwandans and the international Community to fight against the Genocide Ideology.
  • The history of the preparation and implementation of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsis and the role of leadership in genocide execution well as in national reconstruction after the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsis.
  • Dr. Jean Damascene explains clearly how the Genocide ideology started right from the colonization period and was planted by the first Republic of Gregoire KAYIBANDA and the second republic of Juvenal HABYARIMANA. He stressed on the two political parties namely: Association pour la promotion sociale de la masse (APROSOMA) translated as the association for the social promotion of the masses founded by Joseph HABYARIMANA GITERA and Partie du Mouvement de l’Emancipation Hutu(PAREMEHUTU) translated as Party of the Hutu Emancipation Movement, which were defending the interest of one part of the population what is the characteristic of a genocide ideology at its early stages. Joseph HABYARIMANA GITERA originating from SAVE in GISAGARA district proclaimed the ten rules of the Hutus on 25/09/1959, and this was a clear real start of the genocide ideology in Rwanda.CNLG                    The Executive Secretary CNLG Dr. J.D. BIZIMANA delivering the lecture.

Gitera in his ten rules of the Hutu compared the relationship with a Tutsi as a leech in the body, a big wound on the leg or pneumonia in the body just to mention a few. Gitera portrayed that killing a Tutsi is safeguarding the national security. Some of Gitera’s rule were a calcature of the 10 commandments to be able to mobilize hatred to the Christian hutus. An example here is where he said “Do not commit adultery with a Tutsi.”

In its publication of December 1990, the Newspaper Kangura updated the ten rules of the Hutus and the two versions of Hutus rules were having as a common part the preaching of hatred. It has to be noted that this Newspaper was printed in the office of president HABYARIMANA.

Dr. BIZIMANA reiterated on the role played by the president of ABATABAZI government Dr. Theodore SINDIKUBWABO who went to Butare to remove Jean Baptiste SINDIKUBWABO from the position of prefect because he has resisted the implementation of genocide which was viewed in the eyes of the destructive President as laziness at work .This prefect who was the only Tutsi Prefet was later killed.Dr. BIZIMANA gave an example of a genocide deniers like Pierre Pean who wrote a book in which he says that in the whole country only 260,000 Tutsis were killed because there were a total of  280,000 Tutsis in the  country.

Dr. Bizimana concluded his educative lecture by the strategies to fight against the genocide ideology among them, teaching the real history of our country, punish those who got involved in the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsis. He also shows that the culture of impunity led to the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsis. He also comforts the survivors of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsis advising them not to be tied by their sad history.In this ceremony, the participants also follow a testimony by Mr Antoine NZARAMBA who shared with them his sad story in the 1994 genocide against Tutsis.


                          Antoine NZARAMBA giving a testimony

The association of the students who survived the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsis AERG is represented by Christian BIZIMANA who briefs the participants about the association and its mission. In his remarks, he also he also comforts the Genocide .He also expresses his gratitude towards the Rwanda patriotic Army and any other person who has reminded the AERG slogan “ The future is brighter”


              Christian spoke on behalf of AERG at the national level

In her remarks, the governor of the Eastern Province and the guest of honor Mrs Judith KAZAYIRE recognizes the initiative of Gishari Integrated Polytechnic. She also takes the opportunity to welcome the Executive Secretary of the National Commission for the fight against Genocide (CNLG) and thank him for his clear presentation.


                      The guest of honor Mrs Judith KAZAYIRE ,Governor of eastern province


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On 21 February 2017, Gishari Integrated Polytechnic (GIP) held its 1st graduation ceremony for the first time since its creation in 2013. The total of 161 students from 2 departments namely Civil Engineering, Electronics and Electrical Engineering got their Advanced Diploma degrees confirmed in a congregation held at Gishari Police Training School ground. These graduates include 12 females and 149 males. It is also to note that among these graduates 90 are Police Officers and 71 are Civilians.  



        GIP Staff in academic procession

This event was attended by the Minister of State for Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) and the Chancellor Mr. Olivier RWAMUKWAYA who was also the Guest of Honour. Among other guests who attended this ceremony include the Inspector General of Police CG Emmanuel K. GASANA, the Governor of Eastern Province Judith KAZAYIRE, the Chairman of Board of Directors of Workforce Development Authority (WDA) Mr. John Bonds BIDERI, as well as the members of public institutions, private sector, parents and relatives of the graduates.

The Acting Principal of the polytechnic Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Damas GATARE welcomed the participants. In his remarks, he reassured the quality and competitiveness of the graduates on the labour market. These graduates will help to realize the mission and the vison of GIP.

This milestone is in line with the polytechnic mission to empower police officers and the community with competitive technical knowledge and vocational skills required on the labour market, and to provide comprehensive in-house support for effective and efficient management of resource,” ACP GATARE said.



                        The Ag. Principal, ACP Damas GATARE addressed the congregation

In this event, the management of GIP awarded 7 best performers among the graduates. Among these performers, it includes one female NISHIMWE Jolie from Electronics and Telecommunication Option.

The graduates, through their representative – Richard KAREMERA – however, requested that the government reward best students with scholarships for further studies.


  The graduates’ representative, KAREMERA Richard, addressed the congregation

The Chairman of Board of Directors, Mr. John Bonds BIDERI, who constituted the graduation into a congregation noted that the Workforce Development Authority (WDA) will continue to play its role to ensure that the three pillars of access, relevance and quality are pursued to uphold the standards of TVET.

In his remarks, the Honorable Minister for TVET and the Chancellor commended the increase enrolment of students in technical and vocational schools as part of the national policy. Additionally, he expressed the need for more girls’ enrolment. Currently, girls comprise of 45 per cent of the total enrolment in technical and vocational schools. “The government of Rwanda strives to increase the number of females enrolled in TVET as part of President Paul Kagame’s goal under the HeForShe programme,” Minister RWAMUKWAYA said.


                                The Minister for TVET addresses the congregation

The State Minister called upon all vocational schools to align their courses with the new national curriculum with effect from this year, adding that they were developed in line with the second Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Strategy (EDPRS2) and Vision 2020 that seek to build a knowledge-based economy.

For the curriculum to be effective in achieving a knowledge-based economy, it is of paramount that enough time be allocated to practical programmes to produce technical and competitive students, especially in job creation,” he said.

He told the graduates that the country expects a lot from their skills in terms of job creation.

The climax of your course marks the beginning of your ideals, knowledge and skills in driving the country’s transformation process,” he said.

The polytechnic opened its doors in 2013 following a Memorandum of Understanding signed between Rwanda National Police and WDA in 2011.

The main objective of creating this polytechnic consists of delivering immediate skills required by police through existing TVET schools as well as establishment of a demand driven police TVET School in the long run.

The establishment of the facility was also to expand access to technical skills and knowledge to Rwandan community in line with the Government policies (EDPRS and NEP.) to achieve the broad vision of “vision 2020”. The school opened its doors on March 18th, 2013 and was officially launched on November 28th, 2013.

The institution admits both police officers and civilians from all over the country eligible to partake either courses under Advanced Diploma Program, Vocation Training Program or Short Term Training Courses in Civil Engineering, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Mechanical Engineering-Masonry, Domestic Plumbing, Domestic Electricity, Automotive Engine Technology-Irrigation and Drainage, Agriculture Mechanization, Fire Fighting and Rescue, Driving and GIS respectively.

For the school to achieve its Mission, it plans to expand its human and infrastructural facilities, acquire modern equipment, increase community cooperation and promote public awareness.

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"People who are pursuing their education at different levels need to be taught technical skills and get internships to become competitive on job market. Young people should have a positive attitude towards TVET.”



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