Education

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

Origins of ordinary things: The school desk

It would be strenuous to write notes at school without a desk. That’s why almost all the schools ensure that each student is assigned one, or at least has one to share with his/her peers. The first scholars did not have desks; they used benches. According to The Essex Group, a United Kingdom...

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 - 10:08pm

The purpose of education

It is mandatory for children to obtain education. This is stated in several Rwandan laws. The reason why education is taken seriously, or the mission of education, is explained in article 2 of Organic Law N°02/2011/Ol Of 27/07/2011 Governing Organisation of Education. The first reason is to...

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 - 10:05pm

Field trips; how important are they to students?

Recently, Nature Rwanda, a local conservation organisation with students from ES Rwahi Rulindo District, organised a tour to Busaga Natural Forest, Southern Province, to broaden the learners’ educational experience. The students who attended the tour said it was a thrilling experience, and...

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 - 11:06pm

Origins of ordinary things: Ceramic tiles

It is rare to find a modern home or commercial building whose floor or bathroom wall is not made up of tiles. The tiles are of different sizes, colours, and design, but all of them are ceramic. According to Victorian information website The Victorian Emporium, the word “tile” comes from...

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 - 11:03pm

Know your rights: You are innocent until/unless proven guilty

Whenever a crime is committed, investigations and court proceedings take place before a final decision is made. This is to ensure that there is justice for the victim and the accused. It is in line with article 11 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which says that every person who is...

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 - 10:55pm

How can educators contribute to the sustainability agenda?

The recent African Green Revolution Forum held in Rwanda had me question my contribution to the green agenda. How can teachers, schools and students participate in this noble move to sustainability beyond the geography and social study lessons? Given the vast influence schools have on children and...

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 - 10:53pm

Addressing graduates’ employment challenges

Globally, job searching after finishing studies is still an issue, and so the youth call for flexible channels through which they can join the employment field.  During a recently concluded symposium in China organised by the Embassy of Botswana, where the country’s President was the...

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 - 10:48pm

Did you know water can dance?

If you have watched the ‘dancing water’ at the Dubai Mall then you will agree with me that it can. Water is channelled into different water pipes that jet out the water at different moments and speed. So you have some water being jetted out very fast or slow, very high, as high as 150...

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 - 10:46pm

60 suspended public schools resume studies

The 57schools that had been earlier suspended for failure to meet minimum requirements to create a learning-friendly environment for students have been reopened and students will today resume their studies. The schools were suspended after an inspection that was carried out ahead of the beginning...

Monday, August 27, 2018 - 9:09am

Teachers complain of discrepancies in school calendar

Some teachers have voiced their concerns over what they say are discrepancies between the school calendar and the curriculum. The school calendar has 39 weeks a year: The first term has 10 weeks, the second 15 and the third 14. An example is the syllabus for Biology in S.3, which dedicates...

Friday, August 24, 2018 - 8:52am

Government suspends 57 schools in fresh crackdown

The Ministry of Education has suspended, for a week, 57 public schools, citing failure to meet the basic requirements which students need to be able to follow their studies. The suspension is a culmination of the ministry’s inspection of public schools, which took place from August 13-15 to...

Friday, August 17, 2018 - 12:50am

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

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