KIGALI, Rwanda, May 7, 2010 - A SolidWorks /Innovate3D delegation recently toured through Rwanda. Representing SolidWorks was Jeff Ray, CEO, his wife Cindy, Mark Neill, SolidWorks general counsel, his wife Amy. Representing Innovate3D was yours truly, whose primary goal was to visit Gasabo 3D, the Rwandan company doing the SolidWorks 2D to 3D production for us. SolidWorks has been a staunch supporter of Gasabo3D since a visit by Rwanda's president to the US several years ago.
What exams? Jeff Ray at Kigali Institute of Technology presents on entrepreneurship and how Rwanda might build an manufacturing economy -- in the middle of exam week. President Paul Kagame (who watches from walls everywhere) seems to approve.
Females are recruited at KIST. Rwanda is making great strides in getting women into top government posts but students at both KIST and ETO Gitarama remain so predominately male I thought the schools were boys only.
What looks to be a giant roll of toilet paper is, in fact, a giant roll of toilet paper. KIST graduates struggle to find jobs, as industry is still not widespread. In this lab, students are encouraged to learn to use machines that can be used to take raw or processed material to make finished products, and hopefully hatch entrepreneurs -- not employees.
I ordered that? Author Roopinder Tara gets a taste of the local specialty (bugari in Rwanda, fufu sombe in other parts of Africa), made from the leaves (green) and roots (doughy ball) of the cassava plant.
Beautiful and tranquil settings mask a most gruesome event. The flame at the center of the pool burns for a 100 days a year, the duration of the Rwanda's genocide. With 800,000 killed, it it holds the ignominious record for the most brutally efficient executed genocide ever.
The Genocide Memorial is funded entirely by donations. If the donation box was at the exit, it would have been full, especially with dollars and French francs, as people from those countries are made to feel particularly guilty of not intervening during the genocide.