Education

Smart but ....

Smart phone, smart apps and a winding list of numerous other smart developments continue to hit the market and make our lives sometimes easier and other times busier – think about WhatsApp.It is intriguing to find out what makes these objects smart. Artificial intelligence, which is (in...

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - 10:11am

GAERG: Where student survivors find solace

Fidèle Nsengiyaremye was only three years old when in 1994 he narrowly escaped death at the hands of the Interahamwe militia who wiped out his entire immediate family, leaving him as the sole survivor. He says that when the machete wielding gang attacked their home to kill them, his parents had...

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - 2:18am

Trauma: How can teachers help?

April 7 marked the beginning of the 24th Commemoration of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. During this time, Rwandans mourn and pay tribute to the victims of the Genocide during which over one million innocent people were mercilessly slaughtered.  People – young and old – were...

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - 2:08am

Nyanza, Ruhango students plant 4000 trees

Members of environment clubs from 12 secondary schools based in Nyanza and Ruhango districts in Southern Province last week convened in the districts’ towns to plant 4000 trees of various species as part of an environmentprotection programme.   The trees were planted under a drive...

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - 2:03am

The right to protection from the threat of genocide

24 years ago, over one million Rwandans lost their lives during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. This week, several activities will be undertaken in commemoration of the tragedy that befell the country with a continued promise to never let it happen again. In the Preamble of the Constitution...

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - 1:57am

Origins of ordinary things: Democracy

The word “democracy” is derived from the 5th century Greek word “dēmokratiā” which means “rule of the people.” It was a depiction of the political experiment that existed at the time in Greek cities such as Athens. This is according to Britannica, an...

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - 1:55am

Dear Counsellor,

Dear Counsellor, I am usually a very good student and I get good grades. However, my parents seem to fight a lot and it is beginning to affect my performance. I worry about them a lot. My teachers have noticed and they are concerned but I don’t know how to tell them. How can I get through...

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - 1:51am

Parenting is an overwhelming task

Dear counselor,    A year ago while at school I got pregnant and unfortunately, I couldn’t finish my studies. Now I wish to go back to school but I’m afraid about how my schoolmates and friends will look at me. I’m interested in my education but I’m afraid...

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 - 11:49am

How to express numbers in English language

The first thing to note about the expression of numbers is that there is a difference between the way certain numbers are expressed in everyday speech and mathematics. Most of us take the mathematical manner of expressing numbers most probably because we were first exposed to numbers in...

Friday, April 6, 2018 - 5:25pm

Teachers taught on the use of practical skills in entrepreneurship classes

As Idea 4 Africa continues its goal to try and use the power of entrepreneurship to inspire young people in Rwanda, the organization has set its sights on the educators whose job is to pass on this message to young Rwandans. Through an intensive teacher training program, Idea4Africa hopes these...

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 10:09pm

Holidays: Why the learning process should stretch

Holidays started early for many students, counting the long Easter holiday.This is the beginning of the first term holiday.   Many believe that holidays are meant to be for relaxation, and a break from the usual book-and-pen schedule.   However, educationists believe that both...

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 12:32am

Self-evaluation is the best way to assess your progress this holiday

The break we have been waiting for is finally here, however short. I guess like me, you have a lot planned: nice movies to binge on, a captivating novel to explore, places to visit and family to attend to. I hate to intrude into these plans but I strongly feel this is the best time to reflect on...

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 12:28am

Know your rights: Interfering with religious freedom is illegal

Freedom of worship is protected by Rwandan law. No preference is given to any particular religion, and the different religious sects in the country have the freedom to practice their beliefs as long as it is done in a lawful manner.    Under N°54/2011 of 14/12/2011 law relating to...

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 12:26am

Origins of ordinary things: Authorship of the Bible

During the Easter weekend, billions of people around the world who subscribe to Christianity commemorated the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, their Saviour.    The Christian faith is based on the Bible, which, according to the Guinness World Book of Records, is the highest...

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 12:25am

Is maths hard for girls?

Dr Lydia Mpinganzima holds a PhD in mathematics, and is a lecturer at University of Rwanda, School of Science and Technology.   Mpinganzima is one of two ladies who studied pure mathematicstill the PhD level, she says.   She became fond of maths when she was a child in primary school...

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 12:19am

The egg shape

I have a house that has no door. What am I? What is your guess? If you grew up in the era of riddles around a fire you would know the answer: an egg.  During the Easter period the most trending food all over the Christian world is an Easter egg. Whether it is hard boiled and painted various...

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 12:13am

Discover the meaning of words that begin with gen- and end with -cide

English language is a ‘focal point’ of several other languages, especially Latin and Greek. It means English was borrowed from a variety of languages, making it richer with vocabulary and most amazingly, the hardest vocabularies are the easiest to know.   This is why from the...

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 12:10am

Education and the role of policy-makers

Education expert Rebecca Holmes once noted that many times, education fails to live to the true belief of policy makers. However, not because they are not working, but because they are not fully conformed tothe manner in which the curriculum is constructed and implemented – just like Kwame...

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 12:09am

What enjoyment of civil rights entails

As soon as a child is born, they obtain a legal personality. They are given an identity which includes a name, place and time of birth and affiliation to someone who can either be a parent or a guardian. Legal personality is what allows someone to enjoy civil rights. This is according to article 9...

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - 10:54am

Origins of ordinary things: Banking

People take their money to the bank to keep it safe from theft, to save it for future use or to avoid overspending. The word ‘bank’ has a Latin origin. According to The Guardian, a media source, it is in reference to a bench where money lenders in ancient Rome would sit and the public...

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - 10:44am