Schools urged to embrace play-based learning

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There is a need to break the teacher-centred methodology of instruction to enable learners take a lead role in the learning process. The call was made by Dr Michael Rwibasira,...

Mount Kenya University, RwandAir partner to promote aviation industry

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Mount Kenya University Rwanda recently entered a memorandum of understanding with RwandAir in a bid to strengthen the field of academic training and research. The move will see the University...

A walk and talk with Prof Lauren

Not so long ago, a student came to class with a very unsociable look, he looked annoyed and very disturbed yet this is the boy who had always been very...

Dealing with overly dependent students

Do your students want to be spoon-fed? Are they constantly demanding your help, calling out your name over and over again? If so, is it possible that you’ve unwittingly contributed...

The skin I am in!

The shade of one’s skin has for generations determined many things, the fate of a person, sometimes a race, their status in society or if they remained poor or grow...

The right to receive and disseminate information

In this age of knowledge, access to information has become increasingly important. Information, according to article 2 of Law N° 04/2013 OF 08/02/2013 relating to access to information can be...

Origins of ordinary things: Flashlights

To find their way during dark nights, human beings have always needed portable light sources. And while candles, lanterns, kerosene lamps and oil lamps are simple and effective, they have...

Striking a balance between academics and nurturing talent

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Often times some children do not get to grow their talents because they never got a chance to discover them. They never get told while at home or school that...

Inclusive education: Students learn sign language to support their classmates with hearing impairment

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Pacifique Mbabazi, a senior 4 secondary school student has a hearing impairment he acquired aged nine months. Sharing his testimony through a sign language interpreter , he says he is...

World Teachers’ Day: Valuing and improving teachers’ status

This year’s celebrations of teachers’ day, usually done on the 5th of October, will assume a more serious tone than its usual celebratory ambience, not because there is nothing to...

No punishment without law

In every society, laws are put in place to outline what is acceptable and to prescribe punishment for wrongdoing. This is important for order and justice to reign. For this...

Forever green!

Forever young is what most of us would love to hear and this is true for some people who don’t seem to have aged an inch years after you last...

Will new policy improve teachers' welfare?

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The Ministry of Public Service and Labour (MIFOTRA) has started implementing the “pay and retention” policy for public servants to reduce salary disparity.

Parenting: How to be a good role model to your child

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When children are growing up, they tend to learn from their parents since they spend most of the time with them. They learn from their parents’ talk, actions, mode of...

The right to protection from abandonment

One of the fundamental rights of every child is the right to care and protection. Thus, it is unlawful for parents to refuse to provide care in form of shelter,...

Good teachers scotch it up!

Until I met Ms. Jacque Semakula, an instructor at Akilah Institute, I did not know this unique attribute good teachers possess. To her, every good teacher knows her/his students by...

The right to protection from abandonment

One of the fundamental rights of every child is the right to care and protection. Thus, it is unlawful for parents to refuse to provide care in form of shelter,...

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...