Education

Origins of ordinary things: The guitar

A guitar is a musical instrument of the string variety. Its portability and the pleasant sound that it produces make it one of the commonest instruments used during musical sessions. The instrument derives its name from the Spanish word “Guitarra” which is formulated from “...

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - 10:31pm

Know your country

In order to enjoy your rights and perform your duties as a citizen or resident of Rwanda, it is important to know the country in which you live. The Constitution of the Republic of Rwanda provides this information. Article 4 of the constitution says that Rwanda is a republic which is independent,...

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - 10:28pm

Career choice: How to deal with parent-child clash

Last week, the Ministry of Education released the 2017 A-Level results. Out of 40,753 candidates who sat A-level exams in 2017, 89.55 per cent passed. This implies that a big number of candidates are now set to pursue a specific career path at tertiary level. However, the career choice often tends...

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 10:15am

Funding Africa’s education revolution

LONDON – In mid-July, former US President Barack Obama used a speech in South Africa to implore the world to invest more in the education of Africa’s youth. A month later, UK Prime Minister Theresa May made a similar plea, predicting that “Africa’s young...

Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 10:12pm

Technology: Smart management of teachers

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 the new environment. He says some of them would even get paid twice without the knowledge of their employers....

Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 2:50pm

Rwandan students shine at intercontinental spelling competition

Three Rwandan students emerged winners in the 2018 intercontinental spelling, reading and writing competition. The competition was organized by Brain Teasers. The competition took place on October 5, at Springdales School, Dubai where four countries qualified for the finals. These included; United...

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - 3:54pm

Teacher incentives: What are their expectations?

On October 5, Rwanda joined the rest of the world in celebrating the World Teacher’s Day. The main event was held in Rwamagana in Eastern Province.During the celebrations, the Ministry of Education pledged sustained advocacy to ensure teachers get more incentives; inorder to improve their...

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 - 11:55pm

What is the best approach to arranging students in groups?

The boggling question in the mind of every teacher who believes in collaborative learning is how to strategically group students. Should we let them form their own groups?  Should we intentionally group them? Should we leave everything to chance and random play? What would be the best way to...

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 - 11:49pm

Meet Mutuyimana, the teacher who was rewarded as the best in the Southern Province

Restitute Mutuyimana is a teacher at Higiro Primary school in Gisagara District of Southern Province. She was rewarded with a motorcycle and laptop as the best teacher in the province last week as the Rwanda celebrated World Teachers’ Day. Across the country, 400 laptops were also provided...

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 - 11:46pm

Disabled kids in Musanze benefit from inclusive early childhood programme

Angelique Nyirahabimana’s son was born physically impaired and she never thought that his son would join school like others. She was reluctant to find out if there was any chance of getting a school where her child couldn’t be bullied. Nyirahabwanimana, 31, lives in Muhoza Sector,...

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 - 11:44pm

How students abroad become a target for brain drain

Like any maturing child in the family, there are disciplines that must be  highly regarded and so was my  first discourse with the man mandated with the responsibilities of guiding and supervising all my academic engagements through-out my doctoral course.  He said, “Welcome to...

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 - 11:41pm

In or out?

People of determination, people with special needs in education, people who are differently abled or people who are disabled; all these are names of the same nature of people but they are addressed differently depending on where one comes from or how they are regarded by an individual. Yesterday I...

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 - 11:38pm

Origins of ordinary things: Suits

Suits are a form of modern attire which is mostly worn by the working class. Basic versions of it consist of a jacket and a marching trouser or skirt. For a look of sophistication, some people opt for a three-piece suit which includes a waistcoat. Coming into existence approximately four hundred...

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 - 11:35pm

Regarding human reproductive health

The reproductive system is an essential component of a human body because it makes it possible for people to have children. That is why it’s important to protect it. For this reason, the Government of Rwanda enacted Law N° 21/2016 of 20/05/2016 relating to Human Reproductive Health. The...

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 - 11:32pm

FEATURED: Five reasons why Kuradusenge teaches

“I believe no one can ever regret being a teacher.” Jean de la Croix Kuradusenge, 45, rides his bicycle 20 kilometres every working day to teach at Rubavu District, Western Province, Rwanda. Many of his friends have left teaching behind for other employment, but Mr. Kuradusenge has...

Friday, October 5, 2018 - 12:28pm

Why schools should embrace debates

Last week, Lycee Notre Dame de Citeau won the Inter-High School Debate competition on conservation organised by Aspire Debate Rwanda in partnership with Hermosa Life Tours.   The event was held at Impact Hub, Kigali. A three girls team representing the school walked away with a trophy,...

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 - 12:12pm

Integrating life skills in the curriculum

Whether at school, work or in our personal lives, everyone needs life skills in order to deal effectively with the challenges. More importantly, education experts believe that such skills, when instilled in learners, are used to boost their education qualifications. This, they say, helps them sail...

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 - 10:46pm

Why critical reflection is the best approach to solving 21st Century learning hiccups

Most of the time, our classes run smoothly as planned and we feel elated to have contributed to student learning. However, there are equally not-so-good moments when a discussion does not go anywhere, when a group can’t seem to work together, when the grades were unexpected, or when not all...

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 - 10:19pm

Let’s use technology to facilitate learning

Teaching and learning are two different variables that have been evolving over the years. New techniques have been invented to improve both components. It is in light of this that technology has emerged and is steadily holding a tight grip on the education system. This has surprisingly made...

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 - 10:14pm

Should surveillance cameras be put in classrooms?

Just a week ago, I taught in a school for a short period. Little did I know that in every classroom I was in, there was a camera. What? When I realised that, I reflected on my teaching and felt that although I had nothing to hide (I was not checking WhatsApp messages or taking a phone call), I...

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 - 10:12pm