Education

Learning as a freedom of practice: Revisiting our curriculum is paramount

Issues with my eyes as early as 2000 and my first visit to Kampala for the treatment later that year remains indistinct but also a good dare only to be realised after 18 years. In the face of  very painful eyes, I bumped into my 9-year-old cousin. His eloquence and confidence struck me. The...

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 8:46pm

Why teachers need to adjust teaching techniques

Teachers today find themselves in a dilemma; they have to make sure learners are active throughout a lesson, and that they participate in the various activities offered. Educationists urge that for instructors to be able to keep their learners hooked to whatever they are teaching, they should make...

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - 1:36am

Origins of ordinary things: The office

A lot of people who are in formal employment do their work in a space that they refer to as an office. According to Wikipedia, an encyclopedia, the word “office” is derived from “officum”, a Latin word which meant a mobile bureau for staff or a formal position. ...

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - 1:20am

Are schools working to achieve sustainable development?

My first day at school remains a mystery in the journey of my education. Growing up in the village meant two things had to be done every day before setting out for school; helping out the herdsmen and digging around the kraal. Obviously my worst was digging; little did I know that on starting...

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - 10:52pm

Team machine

There are very many other areas, apart from the education sector, where artificial intelligence has made inroads. For instance, one intriguing area that you will find interesting to know is that artificial intelligence can help you find love, how? Through the collection and analysing of the data a...

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - 10:48pm

Discover the meaning of words that begin with ex-

Many words in the English language have Latin or Greek words at their beginning (prefixes), in the middle (infixes) or end (suffixes). Many English learners have used this fact to discover the meaning of other various words with the same letter as the words they know. You only need to know that...

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - 10:45pm

Increase club activities to attain proficiency in the English language

Anybody who left Rwanda in 2009 would be fascinated by the growth of the English language in the country. Some Rwandans, today, can speak English almost with the agility and proficiency of a native - something quite commendable given the recent transition from francophone to Anglophone. Even so,...

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - 10:29pm

Know your rights: The right to protection from unsuitable or forced labour

According to article 4 of N° 13/2009 of 27/05/2009, the law regulating labour in Rwanda, it is illegal to employ a child below the age of 16, even as a trainee in any company. This is because employment interferes with education and is also likely to compromise a child’s physical,...

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - 10:18pm

Encourage children to develop good study habits

Dear Counsellor, My teenager is not doing well in school and I am concerned. He was a bright child, but he is now failing in school. I try to help him with his homework from time-to-time. And when I do, he does better. However, I work till late and can’t be home to always help him. How can...

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - 9:51pm

Students want to learn more about Rwanda’s history

At their age (most of them under 15), these youngsters do not know much about the brutal events that started on the night of April 6, 1994 — the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi that saw over one million innocent people mercilessly slaughtered. However, every year, like all Rwandans...

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 2:22pm

New facility to improve nursery education in Rwamagana

Rwamagana District and Better World, a South Korea-based organisation, have inaugurated a new early childhood development centre at Nkomangwa cell, Munyiginya sector. Speaking at the ceremony last week, Better World’s chief executive Kim Kwang Dong, said the centre was funded by young Korean...

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 11:16am

Parenting: Who owns a child’s image right?

Most social media users are happy to see the likes and positive comments of their children’s photos shared on public platforms such as Facebook and Instagram, among others, but rarely think about what happens after or where the shared photos end up. Many forget that once a post button is...

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 11:08am

Academic research; why it’s significant to students’ learning

Education experts comprising of senior officials from private and public universities from six EAC partner states; Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda, are meeting in Kigali to discuss the scarcity of researchers in regional varsities. The workshop seeks to devise ways of...

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 10:55pm

Rethinking the role of teachers

The entire theory of teaching and the role of teachers are widely discussed concepts all over the world. Every week, many conferences on professionalism, development and teacher reform policies are held in various parts of the world. However, it is strange that many countries are not sure about...

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 10:54pm

Real versus artificial

How intelligent are you? Artificial intelligence, of course with enormous help from the human brain, will be able to tell you. This ability to be spot on in measuring abstract things like intelligence, be it emotional or academic, is one of the awesome aspects of artificial intelligence that eases...

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 10:39pm

Master that sound forever: When ‘c’ is pronounced as /s/ or /k/

By Kelly Rwamapera Letter “c” is pronounced differently in “certain” and “curtain”; “price” and “prickle”; “scent” and “scale” and many more. There are rules that dictate what sound is taken of the same letter...

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 10:33pm

Extensive reading: Why is it important?

“My marks were worrying; at some point, I thought I was ‘slow’ because my friends scored highly yet I was always below the pass mark. I wasn’t the kind to sacrifice my sleep for books, but in Senior Five, I thought about reading on my own, I tried but it was all in vain...

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 10:12pm

Teachers should guard against loose comments

Teachers are not perfect. We make mistakes and occasionally exercise poor judgment, like any other erring being. In fact, there are times that we are simply overwhelmed; times we lose focus; times we cannot remember why we choose to stay committed to this profession.  These things are human...

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 9:50pm

Know your rights: The right to protection from mistreatment and torture

Every child is entitled to a safe childhood in which he/she has physical, mental, spiritual and emotional wellbeing.   Parents, guardians, members of society and the Government have a duty to ensure that nothing tampers with a child’s safety. This is in accordance with article five,...

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 9:43pm

Focus on strengthening your abilities

Dear Counsellor, I’m very shy and laid back, naturally. At school, I sit at the back of the class just so no one notices me. When the teacher asks me a question, I sweat and get very uncomfortable and can’t even speak. This makes other students laugh. I’m afraid to ask questions...

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 9:40pm