BK TecHouse created new technologies of making robots used for transforming Agriculture productivity, the systems which is being practiced by best talented-scientific students from different secondary schools in Rwanda.
BK TecHouse is a subsidiary company of BK group and the Digital Innovative Power Arm of Bank of Kigali with a mandate to create more digital consumers and help BK do more with them. It has three divisions such as the Connectivity & Internet of Things (IoT), the Digital, and Consulting divisions.
The students’ innovation was first experienced in Lycée de Kigali, and 40 students from various secondary schools were enrolled in the training round at the beginning.
Speaking to the media on Saturday during the closing first phase of training that lasted three weeks in Lycee de Kigali, Regis Rugemanshuro, the Chief Executive Officer of BK TecHouse said the robotics innovation is in line with the 50 years of BK financial development and also to respond to the country’s needs.
“We thought of responding to the country’s needs in long term, we opened BK TecHouse last year in March with the package of innovations including internet creativity, software development especially in Education, Agriculture, Health, Real Estate) and we do all in line with what Rwanda needs to develop projects and raise youth’s developments through creativity,” said Rugemanshuro.
BK TecHouse partners with Makers Robotics Academy and opened ‘Makers Robotics Academy Rwanda’ with children specializing in Robotics.
40 best students in sciences including 28 girls and 18 boys aged from 14 to 17 years were chosen in the country wide schools and gathered together in Lycée de Kigali to gain intensive training to practice theoretical skills acquired from schools.
“We chose 20 schools and two children from each and we focused on Agriculture in making robots as you know one third of the country’s Growth Domestic Products is from Agriculture, making 70 percent of exports.
Rugemanshuro said this was a conceptual framework on robotics and surprised people through the feedback on the technology.
“We were surprised to see feedback of people. These children have good ideas’” he said.
BK contributed Rwf40 million so far to support ‘Urumuri technology, the system used in education.
Rugemanshuro said that Bk will undoubtedly fund whoever can bring a proposal to support the move though making robots.
BK TecHouse has the total of three innovations including ‘Urubuto innovation in Education to help schools manage student’s lessons and was sofar incepted in 56 schools.
BK TecHouse signed a MoU with Rwanda Education board to increase this number of schools to 100. The system is also helpful to pay school fees without requirements of hard copy receipts; and and can manage discipline as it keeps informing parents on their mobile phone when for example a child is given a permission to go shopping outside the school.
BK TecHouse has also signed a MoU with Rwanda Agriculture Board to increase fertilizers and boost financial inclusion to farmers by raising the loans from 8 to 15 percent.
Rugemanshuro said BK TecHouse wish to have a Robotic Lab to help students learn more.
The big partner of BK TecHouse is Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) which shared skills to Rwandans.
“I think the future of Robotics in Rwanda will be fundamental to technology,” said Arber Bakalli, instructor in MIT.
Christina Hill, Senior teacher in MIT said Rwandan children are hard working and learn so faster, which gives a hope of easy transformation of lives.
Joy Iradukunda, 17, from College Christ Roi de Nyanza is in senior Six of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, she said” what we are doing is in line with boosting ICT in Agriculture, we gather equipment to make robots used in planting, irrigating and harvesting,” said Iradukunda.
Regis Aimé Rugerinyange, 17, from Lycée de Kigali in Senior six of Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry said they are working to improve on current agriculture mechanization which is not fully strong.
“We want to increase agriculture produce by making improvement of mechanization with robotics technology,” said Rugerinyange.
These students have invented among others, the robots for diving and harvesting beans, Soya beans, coffee, and they are able to irrigate and spray pesticides.
Dr. Diane Karusisi, Bank of Kigali’s Chief Executive Officer congratulated the student-stars in making robotics with the aim of addressing problems facing Rwanda’s Agriculture and promised to increase more technological activities in relation with what the country needs.
“We look forward to increasing more of these activities in Rwanda,” said Karusisi.
By Elias Hakizimana @theinspirerpubl
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