Rwanda and Zimbabwe on Thursday signed a memorandum of understanding where the latter will send 306 teachers to Kigali as part of efforts to broaden bilateral relations between the two countries.
The signing of the agreement comes just two months after Rwanda President Paul Kagame, during the two countries trade and investment conference, made the request.
The group consists of 273 Technical and Vocational Training (TVET) teachers as well as 33 who will be deployed in Teacher Training Colleges (TTC).
Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Minister Paul Mavima signed on behalf of the Government while Rwanda was represented by its Education Minister, Valentine Uwamariya.
Uwamariya revealed that the deal was drafted in two stages starting with a focus on the employment of Zimbabwean English and STEM teachers in Rwanda. She said:
Thereafter, upon consultations with different institutions on the side of Rwanda and on the side of Zimbabwe it broadened its scope to focus on the exchange of educational personnel and expertise.
We want to start the implementation of this memorandum of understanding by requesting the Zimbabwean side to avail teachers who will be employed in Rwandan schools upon successful completion of the recruitment process.
Under the deal, Zimbabwean teachers will give lessons in associate nursing schools and the college of medicine and health sciences in Rwanda.