Education

How to express numbers in English language

The first thing to note about the expression of numbers is that there is a difference between the way certain numbers are expressed in everyday speech and mathematics. Most of us take the mathematical manner of expressing numbers most probably because we were first exposed to numbers in...

Friday, April 6, 2018 - 5:25pm

Teachers taught on the use of practical skills in entrepreneurship classes

As Idea 4 Africa continues its goal to try and use the power of entrepreneurship to inspire young people in Rwanda, the organization has set its sights on the educators whose job is to pass on this message to young Rwandans. Through an intensive teacher training program, Idea4Africa hopes these...

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 10:09pm

Holidays: Why the learning process should stretch

Holidays started early for many students, counting the long Easter holiday.This is the beginning of the first term holiday.   Many believe that holidays are meant to be for relaxation, and a break from the usual book-and-pen schedule.   However, educationists believe that both...

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 12:32am

Self-evaluation is the best way to assess your progress this holiday

The break we have been waiting for is finally here, however short. I guess like me, you have a lot planned: nice movies to binge on, a captivating novel to explore, places to visit and family to attend to. I hate to intrude into these plans but I strongly feel this is the best time to reflect on...

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 12:28am

Know your rights: Interfering with religious freedom is illegal

Freedom of worship is protected by Rwandan law. No preference is given to any particular religion, and the different religious sects in the country have the freedom to practice their beliefs as long as it is done in a lawful manner.    Under N°54/2011 of 14/12/2011 law relating to...

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 12:26am

Origins of ordinary things: Authorship of the Bible

During the Easter weekend, billions of people around the world who subscribe to Christianity commemorated the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, their Saviour.    The Christian faith is based on the Bible, which, according to the Guinness World Book of Records, is the highest...

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 12:25am

Is maths hard for girls?

Dr Lydia Mpinganzima holds a PhD in mathematics, and is a lecturer at University of Rwanda, School of Science and Technology.   Mpinganzima is one of two ladies who studied pure mathematicstill the PhD level, she says.   She became fond of maths when she was a child in primary school...

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 12:19am

The egg shape

I have a house that has no door. What am I? What is your guess? If you grew up in the era of riddles around a fire you would know the answer: an egg.  During the Easter period the most trending food all over the Christian world is an Easter egg. Whether it is hard boiled and painted various...

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 12:13am

Discover the meaning of words that begin with gen- and end with -cide

English language is a ‘focal point’ of several other languages, especially Latin and Greek. It means English was borrowed from a variety of languages, making it richer with vocabulary and most amazingly, the hardest vocabularies are the easiest to know.   This is why from the...

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 12:10am

Education and the role of policy-makers

Education expert Rebecca Holmes once noted that many times, education fails to live to the true belief of policy makers. However, not because they are not working, but because they are not fully conformed tothe manner in which the curriculum is constructed and implemented – just like Kwame...

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 12:09am

What enjoyment of civil rights entails

As soon as a child is born, they obtain a legal personality. They are given an identity which includes a name, place and time of birth and affiliation to someone who can either be a parent or a guardian. Legal personality is what allows someone to enjoy civil rights. This is according to article 9...

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - 10:54am

Origins of ordinary things: Banking

People take their money to the bank to keep it safe from theft, to save it for future use or to avoid overspending. The word ‘bank’ has a Latin origin. According to The Guardian, a media source, it is in reference to a bench where money lenders in ancient Rome would sit and the public...

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - 10:44am

How to nurture lifelong readers from primary school

The greatest reading challenge for teachers is not merely getting students to read but getting them to enjoy it as well. It is one thing for students to trudge through texts in a lesson, but whether they’ll open another book when they get home at the end of the day is another thing. How can...

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - 10:43am

Sweet but seedless

Have you tried to enjoy a fruit such as a juicy luscious watermelon only to constantly have to spit out the seeds into your palm or somewhere else? If you are trying to impress anyone, spitting out seeds does not head the list, does it?  Well, there seems to be an answer to this question of;...

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - 9:20am

Experts tip RALSA on modern archiving standards

No country can fully achieve a knowledge-based socio-economic status if its archives are not well-preserved using modern technologies, experts have said. The remarks were made recently during an International Archives Seminar in Kigali. The three-day seminar brought together over 100 archives and...

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 - 10:47pm

Why students fail exams

If I ask, why students fail exams, I will most likely get reasons like lack of diligence and poor preparation. And I quite agree, particularly with all the distractions of this time. Back in the day when our elders were in school, they would enter study mode three months to the date of the exam....

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 - 10:47pm

Global trends: Why integrated approach to education is vital

Last week, the sixth academia-public-private partnership forum 2018 was held at the Catholic University of East Africa in Nairobi under the theme, ‘The Est African Common Higher Education Area’ During the forum, the regional education experts called for increased private...

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 - 10:46pm

Cultivate critical thinking among learners to enhance learning

One of the most difficult aspects of teaching is ensuring that your students are actually evaluating the information, rather than just regurgitating it back to you. Little wonder, most students can barely remember salient aspects of the content they have studied in recent past, much less apply the...

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 - 7:24pm

If you want to be emancipated

When you are below the age of eighteen, you are considered as a child and, therefore, there are certain things that you cannot do. For instance, you cannot live alone, you cannot do make any legal decisions without representation and you cannot do away with parental authority. However, as soon as...

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 - 7:16pm

Who should produce knowledge?

Philosophy of education tells us that everyone is endowed with the aptitude to produce knowledge, invent and innovate to bring about social order, which traditionalists still believe is the ultimate measure of knowledge creation. However, there have been many debates about this notion with...

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 - 6:51pm