Education

Using holidays to get ahead in school

During the holidays, it’s easy for learners to get into a lazy mode. While there is value in getting rest, there’s only so much rest one can have, and, there are other important things to do that can be used to get ahead in school and reduce stress later on in the term. Experts...

Tuesday, August 7, 2018 - 10:17pm

Tell your parents why you love acting

Dear Counsellor, I want to give up on my course and join a drama club; however, this won’t be easy for my parents to accept as I’m currently doing a course in engineering.  They have high hopes, and they say acting won’t pay the bills. But it is my dream. And I feel...

Tuesday, August 7, 2018 - 9:59pm

Origins of ordinary things: Towels

People have always needed to pat themselves dry after taking a bath. For this, they used different kinds of cloth. This went on until the 17th Century when the Turkish invented a towel. According to Wikipedia, an encyclopedia, the Turkish invention known as a pestermal was a flat and thin hand-...

Tuesday, August 7, 2018 - 9:44pm

Know your rights: The right to clean air

Air is essential to the health of every living thing; be it plant or animal and as such, it must be kept clean. For this reason, N° 18/2016 of 18/05/2016 the law governing the preservation of air quality and prevention of air pollution in Rwanda was instituted. Article 6 of the law governing...

Tuesday, August 7, 2018 - 9:40pm

Academic dishonesty: Are we going about it the wrong way?

We have all witnessed the straining necks in the exam rooms trying to cheat off their colleagues’ answers; the last minute copy-cats getting it word-by-word from their friend’s work, or perhaps the copy paste nerds who get it easy from the internet — the list could go on and on....

Tuesday, August 7, 2018 - 9:34pm

Study habits for success: Tips for students

Focus! And don’t multi-task Our brains are impressive machines, but they can’t handle everything at once. There is simply too much going on in our sensory environment for us to digest. To be effective, we need to direct our attention to just one or two tasks at a time. That generally...

Tuesday, August 7, 2018 - 9:24pm

Dying on duty?

Study ‘hard’ (never smart) and you will get a job in the future; that has been the old adage of most adults to the blossoming youngsters. There are numerous occupations that we seldom take time to notice the nature of the danger involved in their execution. Take your pick from the jobs...

Tuesday, August 7, 2018 - 9:20pm

Things to do over holiday break

Apply for scholarships and internships If there was ever a time to apply, it’s now! You don’t have to spend the entire break applying for scholarships, but even if you devote a few hours to your scholarship applications; it will make a world of difference in your search. After all, it...

Tuesday, August 7, 2018 - 9:10pm

LeBron James opens school for underprivileged children

NBA superstar LeBron James has proved he’s a role model both on and off the basketball court by opening a school for underprivileged children. The I Promise School will house 240 at-risk third and fourth-grade students in James’ hometown Akron, Ohio. The school is a joint venture...

Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - 11:18pm

How to empower students to create change

For learnersto be able to pursue their dreams — professional or otherwise — in the future, educationists say that it is imperative for institutions to offer practical and purpose-based training to support personal and professional growth. Faustin Mutabazi, the chief executive officer...

Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - 10:02pm

Talk to your sister

Dear Counsellor,  I recently joined the school my older sister is in. But she likes picking on me with her friends. She has made me hate the school so much that I asked our parents if I could change schools. But they think I am exaggerating. I feel like she should be looking out for me, not...

Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - 9:52pm

Origins of ordinary things: Animated films

Animation filmsare a source of great entertainment, especially for the young. They are usually set in an alternative universe where people fly, cats talk and leopards go to school. This is to say that creating animated pictures requires a lot of imagination and advanced technology for special...

Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - 9:21pm

Know your rights: The rights of children infected or affected by HIV/AIDS

Some children acquire HIV/AIDS at birth, while others get infected during the course of their lives. Such children need special care. For this reason, N° 20/32 of 05/12/2013 the Ministerial Order determining programmes and strategies to ensure protection and assistance to children infected or...

Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - 9:15pm

How to handle disruptive behaviour in the classroom

Sometimes, despite our best intentions, we find ourselves actively disliking one of the students in our charge. The student may be rude, disrespectful, disruptive, obnoxious, or otherwise annoying. It’s just human nature. And while some teachers are specially trained to handle special needs...

Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - 9:10pm

How student read her way to success

The myththat people are too busy to read is put to the test every year, during the Kimathi Kuenyehia Foundation — MiLEAD Reading Competition. In October last year, Grace Ineza Umuhoza, along with 16 others, participated in the reading challenge held in collaboration with Moremi Initiative for...

Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - 9:03pm

Parents are their children’s first teachers

There havebeen debates regarding learners’ education and behaviour, for example, is it a 50/50 responsibility between teachers and parents? Who is responsible for how they grow? Some educationists/motivational speakers during conferences say that with quality education and parenting,...

Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - 8:57pm

Confident about the unknown future

That is what our education system should be able to do — to instill confidence in students so that they know that they can take care of any situation that arises in the future.  The unknown jobs in the future are definitely going to require skills that need to be developed as soon as...

Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - 8:50pm

Society : Wicked side of internet

I learnt about Face book when it was founded by Mark Zackerberg in 2004 but I didn’t join because of various factors.  I would go to the café just to check and send an email and that was all. I became reluctant to join Face book because I liked enjoying my privacy very much. I tried to...

Monday, July 23, 2018 - 2:21pm

The importance of personal development activities in schools

Schools havean important role to play in helping learners develop and manage their physical and emotional well-being. This, experts say, is the key to students’ personal development. Dancan Musyoki Kimeu, the vice chancellor, University of Rwanda, College of Education, says that institutions...

Tuesday, July 17, 2018 - 10:15pm

Find someone to talk to your mother

Dear Counsellor My mother is forcing me to go to a single sex school but I do not want to. I’ve been in a mixed school since I started and we’ve had no problems. I’m not good at associating with girls only and I get along with boys much better. She doesn’t understand this...

Tuesday, July 17, 2018 - 10:04pm