Lifestyle

Vulnerable women farmers in Rwamagana empowered through maize production

The contented atmosphere during harvest time at a maize farm in Eastern Province’s Rwamagana District (Kagabiro Sector) tells a ‘grass to grace’ story of a group of women who did not have their own source of income, and for long, relied on their husbands, or begging, for survival...

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - 6:59pm

PGGSS season 8: Who is who?

Not many people had heard of the name Jay C, real name Jean Claude Muhire, before March, when finalists for this year’s Primus Guma Guma Super Star competition were unveiled. The exercise, held in mid March, is organised by Bralirwa’s premier brand Primus, in partnership with the Price...

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - 12:36pm

Extracurricular activities will help to relax and interact well with others

Dear Counsellor, I would like to take on extracurricular activities like sports but I’m afraid this will take up time I could use to revise. I’m not a very smart student so I need all the time I can get. Is it possible to balance the two? Maria ----- Doing well in class is not...

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - 7:20am

Know your rights: Rights of children born out of wedlock

When a child is born to people who are not married to each other, he/she is said to have been born out of wedlock. According to article 262 of the Nº32/2016 of 28/08/2016 law governing persons and family, it is necessary to establish the maternity and paternity of such a child. Maternity is...

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - 5:31am

Homework: When does it enhance learning?

At its best, homework can help improve on a student’s general performance and enhance traits like self-discipline and independent problem solving. However, this well intentioned practice can turn sour if it’s not handled the right way. The question, therefore, is not whether or not we...

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - 5:31am

Origins of ordinary things: Water taps

When you want to bathe or to quench your thirst, you simply turn on a faucet and out comes water. The faucet, commonly known as the water tap, is a very simple and yet sophisticated device which dates as far back as 1700 B.C. According to plumbing company Plumbing Help Today, when it was first...

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - 5:31am

Why parent-teacher connection is important

To raise an exceptional child, education experts suggest a close relationship between teachers and parents. They say that it’s one way of getting involved in a learner’s life, at school and at home. Paul Gasinzigwa, a Kigali-based mentor, recalls the close connection between his...

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - 5:31am

Do national examinations improve quality of education?

Rwanda is going through drastic improvements in the education sector at all levels; from early childhood education to university. These changes are all designed to improve the quality of learning. However, this aspired change for quality seems to now be a problem stuck in the bonnets of all...

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - 5:31am

Thinking in the different corners of the box

Because thinking cannot be touched, tasted or seen physically it is deemed to be abstract.  However, the consequences of either effective or ineffective thinking are very evident through our decisions and choice of actions.  That is how one can be said to be smart or otherwise. Thumbs up...

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - 5:31am

It’s not what you know, but who you know

We’ve all heard the phrase — it’s not what you know, it’s who you know —but how many of us work as hard at building and maintaining social networks as we do building our knowledge? I was at a dinner table the other night and this guy was talking about how he got his...

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - 5:31am

Research: An overlooked but significant aspect

Last month, students in various universities across China finalised their dissertation, and this included dedicating time to academic activities and attaining all the necessary requirements to get their degrees. Being inquisitive, I put on hold my daily engagements to follow some of the students...

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - 5:31am

The gift of love

My mother recently read a story to me about a man and a cat. This story made me think about how the people in our lives love, care and look after us no matter how unfair we are towards them sometimes. One day, an old man was having a stroll in the forest when he suddenly saw a little cat stuck in...

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - 5:31am

Can you try these tongue twisters?

You know New York, you need New York, you know you need unique New York. I saw a kitten eating chicken in the kitchen. If a dog chews shoes, whose shoes does he choose? I thought I thought of thinking of thanking you. I wish to wash my Irish wristwatch. Near an ear, a nearer ear, a nearly...

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - 5:31am

Ibaaku’s sonic and visual show ends in dissapointment

After promising a lot for his sonic and visual showcase in Kigali over the weekend, Senegalese DJ/producer Ibaaku could only deliver so much. Hardly had the show gotten underway at the venue –the Bel Air Bar and Restaurant in Gishushu-Remera on Saturday night, when the police showed up in...

Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - 5:31am

Meet Babajide Olatunji - the dancing artiste

Young African artists don’t easily get the opportunity to get their work exhibited on an international stage. Talented Nigerian artist Babajide Olatunji (pictured) managed to achieve the seemingly impossible. At the age of 24 in 2014, TAFETA gallery exhibited Olatunji’s work, Tribal...

Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - 5:31am

Household safety: Prevention for children

It’s not easy to protect children from injuries due to falls or other domestic mishaps, especially toddlers. This is because children are playful and the risk of getting hurt is high. As much as there is little that can be done, health experts believe that there are small measures that...

Monday, June 4, 2018 - 5:04am

Dealing with common breastfeeding problems

Breastfeeding a healthy infant is often accompanied by challenges. These challenges can be difficult to deal with, especially when combined with the normal anxieties of parenting a newborn. Women can have different problems when they breastfeed. Sometimes, women choose to stop breastfeeding when...

Monday, June 4, 2018 - 5:04am

The dos and don’ts after a C-section

Every day, there is a woman giving birth somewhere in the world, and this could either be a vaginal birth or through a caesarean section (C-section). However, medics advise women who have undergone a C-section to follow some steps until the wound is fully healed. Dr Rachna Pande, a specialist in...

Monday, June 4, 2018 - 5:04am

Why you should eat avocado

For instance, he notes that the Avocados are fruits that can be easily found in the market at a low price, as compared to other fruits.  They are grown locally and don’t demand a great deal of management. In Kigali city, a decent sized avocado goes for Rwf100 to 500, though they are even...

Monday, June 4, 2018 - 5:04am

Food poisoning: Avoidable sickness

The term food poisoning signifies an illness which develops after ingestion of contaminated food or drinks harbouring microbes causing sickness. This could be the   result of stale or rotten food substance being consumed.  Consumption of unclean salads or raw fruits and vegetables,...

Monday, June 4, 2018 - 5:04am