Education

Discipline: How to break your child’s bad habits

Are you going through that phase where your school-going child is being too difficult to handle, refuses to listen and is creating havoc at school? Do you feel embarrassed when he gets unruly in presence of other people? Is he being labelled as ‘aggressive’ or ‘notorious’ at...

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 12:00am

Create an enabling environment for learning

African perceptions towards teacher-student relationship must change for good in order to create an appropriate ambiance for learning. A young teacher who is full of life is hardly trusted with female students outside the class, some institutions have made students especially female students look...

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 12:00am

Time eaters?

If your life is made up of the time you exist on this planet that implies that time equals life. Does that mean how you spend your time defines your life? What are some of the things that are generally done by people all over the world that consume most of their time? Of course different peoples...

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 12:00am

Master that spelling: When to write 'ch' or 'tch' in a word

One of the most important things to heed in English language spelling is that the language combines several other languages especially Latin and Greek. This leaves the language so rich in vocabulary but also comes with disturbing variations in spellings as well. Many sounds are not written as they...

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 12:00am

Children's creativity lab grooming future engineers

Cristella Uwiduhaye, 13, is a Primary Six pupil at High Hills Academy located in Kicukiro District. Since her childhood she has always had the urge to become an engineer. However, the foundation she is supposed to receive as a child is not enough at school due to the limited time for practical...

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 12:00am

Language; the answer is in getting grounded early

Yvette Ishimwe, now a third-year student of information technology at University of Rwanda, says she could hardly communicate proficiently in English after joining university, and neither could many of her colleagues. She says she had to take extra English lessons in her free time while in first...

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 12:00am

Reduce teacher-talk time for effective learning

While getting students talking in the classroom – at least about their learning – has proved quite a challenge to many teachers, having them verbalize what they’re thinking about is critically important. Even when the learning has been turned over to the students, it’s still...

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 12:00am

It is your duty to respect national emblems

According to article 9 of the Constitution of the Republic of Rwanda, the country has four national symbols. They include the National flag, the Motto of the Republic, the Seal of the Republic and the National Anthem. Symbols are important because they represent the history, culture, values and...

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 12:00am

Origins of ordinary things: Sound recording

Sound recording is a wonderful thing that aids people to listen to their favourite songs, preserve information or even obtain evidence. According to Wikipedia, it started in the 1800s during which time the industrial revolution was taking place. The first person to invent a sound recording device...

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 12:00am

You need to demonstrate maturity

Dear counsellor , I turned 18 last month, and it makes me feel mature and responsible. However, my parents look at me differently; they lecture me on everything and can’t allow me to take my own decisions. This has started demoralising me and affecting my studies. How can I prove to my...

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 12:00am

Extra charges in schools; Why gov’t issued new guidelines

Christine Umumararungu, 17, born in Ngororero District dropped out of school after completing Senior Three. She had been studying for free for the past nine years after explaining to the authorities that she could not afford school fees being an orphan. Unfortunately, the school did not have A-...

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 12:00am

Back to school: Early preparation key to academic success

The beginning of the term is always a sensitive period for schools, especially when it comes to ensuring that teachers and students settle in well and prepare adequately for the entire academic year. During the first few weeks after opening of schools, there tends to be laxity and confusion with...

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 12:00am

Japan to build Rwf68m dormitory for Ruhango school

The government of Japan has extended a grant worth $81,857 (over Rwf68m) to build a dormitory for Saint Joseph Nzuki, a Ruhango-based catholic vocational training school. The dormitory will be completed in a period of six months and will accommodate 400 students. Signing the grant, recently, at...

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 12:00am

Rwandan well-wishers in Canada boost kindergarten education

In the rugged hills of Ruhango District’s border with Karongi District in Southern and Western provinces at Kavumu is a kindergarten that was built by three Rwandans in Canada under Inzira y’Urumuri (Way of Light) organisation. Approaching the structure, you can hear sounds of learning “little...

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 12:00am

Managing a counterproductive learning environment: What works, what doesn’t?

For many “old-school” teachers and parents who grew up in an age of greater conformity and fear-based authority, the culture of our schools is in dire straits because they believe there is a deficiency in discipline. In reality though, we currently dole out far more punitive...

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 12:00am

Origins of ordinary things: The wedding ring

The wedding ring, a small round band worn on the third finger of the left hand, is the most pronounced way that people let others know that they are married. The tradition of wearing a wedding ring is so old that it is unclear who exactly started it. According to Ancient Origins, a website...

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 12:00am

The right to a clean environment

Rwanda is renowned for its clean streets, zero tolerance for careless waste dumping and outlawing the use of environmentally harmful products such as polythene bags. This is in line article 22 of the Constitution which stays: “Everyone has the right to live in a clean and healthy environment...

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 12:00am

The need for a common lingo between education and working life

One Rwandan elder once said about the current developments in Rwanda, that the sky rocketing education system and the increasing number of graduates should be greatly commended for the country’s current position on sustainable development. “I vividly remember moving in the Bushy Kigali...

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 12:00am

Discover the meaning of words with ‘sub’

Over 60 per cent of all English words have Greek or Latin origin. In the vocabulary of the sciences and technology, the figure of words originating from Greek or Latin rises to over 90 per cent. This means many English words have parts (prefixes, infixes or suffixes) with Latin or Greek origin...

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 12:00am

Things that defy time!

Do you know why your sweetheart calls you honey? Perhaps, because she or he hopes against hope that you will last as long as honey. Honey (read bees’ vomit) has been known to last for thousands of years; actually, five thousand, five hundred years (5,500) as seen in the grave of a woman of...

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 12:00am