The Commandant of Police Training School (PTS) Gishari, Commissioner of Police (CP) Vianney Nshimiyimana said that human resource development forms the backbone of every country’s growth.

He said that Rwanda shall always welcome any opportunity for any integration, development of security forces and other stakeholders in fighting crimes related to Sexual and Gender Based Violence.

The Commandant made the remarks on Friday while closing the two-week Eastern Africa Standby Force Gender Mainstreaming, Sexual and Gender Based Violence course at PTS-Gishari.

Course participants during the closing ceremony

He explained that peacekeeping operations across the globe are characterized by security challenges like terrorism, human and drug trafficking, and Sexual and Gender Based Violence.

“These transnational organized crimes escalate into conflicts, absence of peace and tranquility and hence call for vigilance and vibrancy of the law enforcement agencies to be on alert and the best way of doing this is by training at different levels of command,” CP Nshimiyimana said.

The training attracted twenty-six Police, military and civilian participants from nine countries. They include Comoros, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Somalia, Sudan, Denmark, Seychelles and Rwanda the host.

The Commandant of the Police Training School issuing certificates to participants

The commandant urged course participants to sustain the learning experience shared at PTS to further their knowledge and understanding of the peacekeeping mandates and dynamic security challenge.

He asked them to inculcate the skills to those they left at home “such that we can synergize all our efforts towards elimination of security challenges.”

“Don’t stop here, learning is a continuous process… make further research because you got the basic knowledge here,” he advised.

During the training, participants covered theoretical and practical exercises anchored on different mission experiences.

EASF Head of Police Component, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Dinah Kyasiimire observed that the course objectives were achieved and I was impressed by very good teamwork observed in working groups.

“We are happy to see three components (Police, military and civilian) working together, that’s what we expect in achieving the mission mandate in peace operations” she added.

Speaking on behalf of the trainees, Wafaa Talha from Sudan said that during the course, they understood the gender perspective, gender regulatory frameworks, and gender mainstreaming, and how to analyze, plan, respond and prevent sexual gender based violence.

“We happy and confident that we will create impact back home and where we will be deployed in dealing with issues relating to sexual and gender based violence” Talha said.

The Express News

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