Origins of ordinary things: Pillows

It’s rare to find a person whose bed does not have a pillow or some semblance of it. Stuffed with feathers or soft synthetic material, pillows are a great source...

Long live!

Most people, in spite of everything else, desire to live long. Apparently, we are designed to survive and to try all means to ensure that we continue to do just...

Motivation: Is the carrot enough to stimulate performance?

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Corporal punishment was outlawed in Rwandan schools but behind the walls in schools and homes, the debate on whether the stick or the carrot is better at disciplining children goes...

Dealing with unruly learners in school

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Enforcing discipline is one of the biggest challenges in every school. However, how a school deals with cases of misconduct can have an impact on the performance of the affected...

Heavy workload affects quality of teaching

Whether it’s the administration pushing you to be a “team player” and teach additional courses, or your supervisor doubling up your duties because a colleague left, if you allow new...

When you’re mistreated at home

According to article 24 of N°54/2011 of 14/12/2011 the law relating to the rights and the protection of the child, as a child, you have a right to a family....

Origins of ordinary things: Forks

Can you remember the last time you ate an entire meal without using a fork? Neither can many other people. A fork is one of the most common dining accessories...

Drain the brain

“Well, because I would like to study in a place that has all the facilities and to expose myself to the situations, opportunities that are out there.” “ Do you...

Freshers’ Guide: How to prepare for university life

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When students complete high school, they are excited about joining university because it comes with its freedom and fun, as well as less supervision from teachers. But without adequate guidance...

Technology: Smart management of teachers

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In the past, Joel Habimana, the head teacher of GS Apega in Gahengeri, Rwamagana District, says new teachers who had been transferred to his school always faced difficulties adjusting to...

Great teachers have faith in their students

The adage “A bad workman blames his tools” would sound ridiculous used on teachers and their pieces of chalk or boards. However it makes great sense in reference to students....

No one has the right to threaten you

Article 13 of the Constitution of Rwanda says, “A human being is sacred and inviolable.” One of the ways in which a person can be violated is through issuing a...

Origins of ordinary things: Jeans

In this day and age, you would be hard pressed to find a young person who does not own a pair of jeans. Jeans are thought to beedgy, stylist and...

A world without humans

We always sadly hear or read about some animals which are no more (extinct) - many thanks to human being, - such as the westAfrica black rhinoceros, the Tasmanian tiger,...

Policy: Should husband and wife teach in the same school?

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At École Privée Marie Auxiliatrice in Kigali, the school has a couple working as teachers, and according to Sister Elizabeth Furaha, the head teacher, the couple is delivering effectively to...

Circumstances for exemption from criminal liability

Crime is wrong and as such, it is punishable by law. However, there are circumstances under which a person who has committed crime is exempted from punishment. One such circumstance,...

Develop strategies to manage your hot temper

Anger is a natural reaction to fear or threats and can instigate powerful, often aggressive, feelings which allow us to defend ourselves when we are attacked. A certain amount of...

University education: The grade conspiracy

Every student entertains, at some point or another, the ridiculously misguided belief that grades are given and not earned. Should they fail, they will raise questions on why you have...

Origins of ordinary things: Brooms

Brooms are an essential hygiene component of every home. It makes sense then that they have been in use since time immemorial. In ancient times, according to Who Invented, a...

Law students to compete in international humanitarian law moot court competition

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Five law schools in Rwanda, in partnership with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and Red Cross Rwanda, are organising the second national moot court competition on international...

Bringing child rights to the attention of media

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Divin Harerimana (not real name) is a 15 year-old street kid who spends most of his time on Kabeza and Kimironko streets in Kigali where he has spent nearly three...

Students' corner: Prints, prints and more prints

Finger prints are to humans as !is to animals. If you guessed, nose prints then you are spot on. You are truly special and one of the reasons you are...

Fresh graduates: How to survive in the job market

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Last week, University of Rwanda held its 4th graduation ceremony which saw a total of 8,366 students conferred with degrees in different programmes.

Quitting comes down to your individual decision

Breaking the habit of smoking requires some difficult tactics because of the addiction to nicotine which is one of the chemicals found in cigarettes.