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Important life lessons for children

There are many things that kids should know and learn. Parents want their kids to grow up as loving, kind, happy and successful individuals. They want them to love and be loved by all. Parents are role models for kids at home before they are introduced to the big world. Kids learn everything fast...

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 - 1:10am

A glass of milk

Once, there was a poor boy who made a living by selling various objects from door to door. This was the way he earned money to pay for his school. One day, as he was walking from house to house as usual, he felt very hungry and weak. He felt that he couldn’t walk even a few steps. He decided...

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 - 1:06am

Tongue twisters; the language of the smart

A proper copper coffee pot. The sixth sitting sheet-slitter slit six sheets. Irish Wristwatch, Swiss Wristwatch. Shep Schwab shopped at Scott’s Schnapps shop; One shot of Scott’s Schnapps stopped Schwab’s watch. Denise sees the fleece,  Denise sees the fleas.  At...

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 - 1:03am

How to instil work ethics in learners

Do you easily identify with “Go to your room and think about what you have done!” or “You will clean the house the whole week for what you have done”? If the latter makes more sense to you, you are in the right company. Many parents, teachers alike, prefer using work...

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 - 12:57am

Know your rights: You have a right to be heard

Parents, guardians, teachers, the government and other people in authority are responsible for providing care and protection to children. In so doing, they must take into consideration the best interests of the child. This is according to article 6 of N°54/2011 of 14/12/2011 law relating to the...

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 - 12:54am

Do not let bullies get away with it

Dear Counsellor, I love studying so much. However, lately I am fed up of going to school because of my fellow students who bully me so much. This is making my life at school difficult and my academic performance is declining. I don’t want to bother my parents asking them to take me to...

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 - 12:54am

Failing: How best can students be helped?

A student who does not perform well in class can be trying, especially for the teacher who in most cases puts in a lot of effort to see all students succeed as far as education is concerned.   Educationists believe that some teachers may not know what to do in this situation, while...

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 - 12:51am

When to write ‘s’ ‘ies’ or for plural of noun ending with ‘y’

Look at these spelling changes as nouns change from singular to plural: house to houses; dress to dresses, boy to boys and activity to activities. For nouns to change from singular to plural in the English language, several forms are taken. Some take “s”, “es”, “ies...

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 - 12:50am

Rising above money

Has there been a time when there was no money in any of its forms – barter, mineral, paper, plastic, digital or otherwise?  More importantly, will there be a time when we do not need to use cash? Could it be because there were adequate resources for everyone and there was no need to...

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 - 12:49am

Origins of ordinary things: Seatbelts

One of the most important road safety rules is that occupants of a vehicle must wear seatbelts as long as the vehicle is in motion. The purpose of the seatbelt is to keep travelers in a safe position in case of an accident. According to The Independent, a media house, seatbelts as we know them...

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 - 12:49am

Meet 10-year-old Gisa, an upcoming guitarist

It is unusual to see a child playing such a tricky musical instrument as a guitar at a young age. At least that was my impression when I saw 10-year-old Blaise David Gisa Uwijuru skillfully playing the guitar.  Gisa probably takes playing guitar from his father Alphonse Ngendabanga, who used...

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - 5:13am

For Richer, for Poorer

Marriage is meant to last forever. Unfortunately, it doesn’t sometimes and couples get divorced! Then comes the question of who takes what and often, it’s contentious, with two people who once had so much love for each other now fighting over the house, car and whatever other property...

Sunday, May 20, 2018 - 3:00am

The Solai dam tragedy signals the downside of privatisation

Recently in Kenya, a dam located on private farmland where flowers, macadamia nuts and coffee are grown, burst after heavy rains in the area. The Patel dam was one of a number of dams on a sprawling farm near Solai, but none of the dams had a permit according to a Water Resources Management...

Sunday, May 20, 2018 - 3:00am

Dear married women with single friends

I really loved her. We’d been friends for almost seven years. But then she got married and now almost every month she’d put me on the stand and make me feel inadequate for not finding a man yet. “Do you like anyone? Does anyone like you? I need updates! You should learn to lower...

Sunday, May 20, 2018 - 2:42am

What should be done to improve the quality of universal education in Rwanda?

Many developing countries around the world have embarked on universal education as a means to end illiteracy and ultimately, poverty. While free basic education is a great way to enlighten the populace, a big concern is and has always been about its quality. Elizabeth Buhungiro asks; what should...

Sunday, May 20, 2018 - 2:30am

Mental awareness week: Why mental illness requires urgent attention

Early this week, Sonia Mugabo, a fashion designer publically shared her past struggle with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PSTD) on Twitter, it was applauded by many as a triumph for fighting the stigma of mental illness. Many came out to share their stories on the platform. The fashion designer...

Sunday, May 20, 2018 - 2:24am

Swedish envoy on living and working in Rwanda

Jenny Ohlsson is the first Swedish ambassador to Rwanda, residing in Kigali since 2016. The 43 year- old shared with Sunday Magazine’s Sharon Kantengwa on her work experience and experience in Rwanda. How did your diplomatic career start? I lived in Rwanda from 2007 to 2009, working at the...

Sunday, May 20, 2018 - 2:12am

Kigali, how do you do it?

The beginning of 2017 also marked the beginning of my 9th year on the same job as a radio show host. Something hit me; I wanted a change of routine. In fact, I went down on my knees and told God I needed a major shift in my life— I was desperate for change. I remember browsing through the...

Friday, May 18, 2018 - 4:06am

The woes of a visual artist

At 64 years of age, Epa Binamungu has rightfully earned the title of “first elder of Rwandan art”. In 2016, Binamungu marked 45 years of his eventful journey as a visual artist with a group exhibition that brought together 23 local visual artists at his Inganzo Art Gallery in Masaka...

Friday, May 18, 2018 - 3:30am

KWEZI AND I: Of well-laid spoilt plans

I am almost done with my annual leave and I am just amused at how things turned out. All these plans I had with Kwezi evaporated into thin air. First, according to my plan, I was to travel to Uganda and spend a week of rest and recuperation. It was necessary, especially with the nature of the work...

Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 5:06am