Education

Motivate teachers to improve quality of education

The talk of education revolution will remain on paper if the primary stakeholders – teachers - remain less motivated. Policies can be made and a lot is said but once teachers, who are the primary implementers of those policies, are not well-motivated, we shall continue to churn out poor...

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 12:00am

Incredible insects!

That sweet and sticky substance that we all love – at least a good majority – commonly called honey is actually bees’ vomit! This is not to put you off, but just so you know and also to prepare you to consider other foods that others consider delicacies. Last week we explored...

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 12:00am

Why schools should encourage group learning

To enhance student learning both at lower and higher level, education experts believe that group learning is among the most effective strategies that ought to be employed. They say group work not only aids in participation of the entire lot, but also increases student understanding of content and...

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 12:00am

School Enterprise Challenge shaping young entrepreneurs

Clarisse Nzafashwanimana, is a Senor 5 student at Groupe Scolaire Masaka. She is doing Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics (PCM). She combines her studies with making knitted baby clothing (sweaters, caps and socks). She says the idea came when her school joined the School Enterprise Challenge....

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 12:00am

Use humor to enhance classroom ambience

Think back to the last time you laughed really hard. What were you doing? What triggered your laughter? What did it feel like to laugh that way? Laughter is such a genuine and authentic human reaction to finding something funny, and it’s also a way to feel enlivened and excited. Feeling...

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 12:00am

The right to efforts that promote health

Article 45 paragraph one of the Constitution of Rwanda says: “The State has the duty to mobilise the population for activities aimed at good health and to assist them in the realisation of those activities.” The activities or actions that are specifically linked to children’s...

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 12:00am

Origins of ordinary things: Newspapers

Reading newspapers is one of the best ways to keep abreast with news around the world. As you flip through the pages, you learnt about how Rwanda came to be one of the cleanest cities in the world. You learn about new places to visit and about the events happening in neighbouring cities. Now news...

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 12:00am

Stick to your revision plan

Dear counsellor , initially I used to fail mathematics and in fact almost started hating it. But later on I decided to spend my free time with our math teacher learning and he helped me a lot to improve. Since then I have been performing well but what discourages me is that my friends think that...

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 12:00am

Discipline: How to break your child’s bad habits

Are you going through that phase where your school-going child is being too difficult to handle, refuses to listen and is creating havoc at school? Do you feel embarrassed when he gets unruly in presence of other people? Is he being labelled as ‘aggressive’ or ‘notorious’ at...

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 12:00am

Create an enabling environment for learning

African perceptions towards teacher-student relationship must change for good in order to create an appropriate ambiance for learning. A young teacher who is full of life is hardly trusted with female students outside the class, some institutions have made students especially female students look...

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 12:00am

Time eaters?

If your life is made up of the time you exist on this planet that implies that time equals life. Does that mean how you spend your time defines your life? What are some of the things that are generally done by people all over the world that consume most of their time? Of course different peoples...

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 12:00am

Master that spelling: When to write 'ch' or 'tch' in a word

One of the most important things to heed in English language spelling is that the language combines several other languages especially Latin and Greek. This leaves the language so rich in vocabulary but also comes with disturbing variations in spellings as well. Many sounds are not written as they...

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 12:00am

Children's creativity lab grooming future engineers

Cristella Uwiduhaye, 13, is a Primary Six pupil at High Hills Academy located in Kicukiro District. Since her childhood she has always had the urge to become an engineer. However, the foundation she is supposed to receive as a child is not enough at school due to the limited time for practical...

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 12:00am

Language; the answer is in getting grounded early

Yvette Ishimwe, now a third-year student of information technology at University of Rwanda, says she could hardly communicate proficiently in English after joining university, and neither could many of her colleagues. She says she had to take extra English lessons in her free time while in first...

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 12:00am

Reduce teacher-talk time for effective learning

While getting students talking in the classroom – at least about their learning – has proved quite a challenge to many teachers, having them verbalize what they’re thinking about is critically important. Even when the learning has been turned over to the students, it’s still...

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 12:00am

It is your duty to respect national emblems

According to article 9 of the Constitution of the Republic of Rwanda, the country has four national symbols. They include the National flag, the Motto of the Republic, the Seal of the Republic and the National Anthem. Symbols are important because they represent the history, culture, values and...

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 12:00am

Origins of ordinary things: Sound recording

Sound recording is a wonderful thing that aids people to listen to their favourite songs, preserve information or even obtain evidence. According to Wikipedia, it started in the 1800s during which time the industrial revolution was taking place. The first person to invent a sound recording device...

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 12:00am

You need to demonstrate maturity

Dear counsellor , I turned 18 last month, and it makes me feel mature and responsible. However, my parents look at me differently; they lecture me on everything and can’t allow me to take my own decisions. This has started demoralising me and affecting my studies. How can I prove to my...

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 12:00am

Extra charges in schools; Why gov’t issued new guidelines

Christine Umumararungu, 17, born in Ngororero District dropped out of school after completing Senior Three. She had been studying for free for the past nine years after explaining to the authorities that she could not afford school fees being an orphan. Unfortunately, the school did not have A-...

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 12:00am

Back to school: Early preparation key to academic success

The beginning of the term is always a sensitive period for schools, especially when it comes to ensuring that teachers and students settle in well and prepare adequately for the entire academic year. During the first few weeks after opening of schools, there tends to be laxity and confusion with...

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 12:00am