Lydia Atieno

Adapting to online education

The occurrence of COVID-19 has seen schools temporarily closed, and learners at home until further notice. With no social activities going on anymore for a while, as a way to cope with this, GAMA ART Rwanda offers students with an interest in fine art and music an escape.  GAMA ART...

Wednesday, April 1, 2020, 12:00 AM

Power of pineapple

The pineapple is a tropical plant with edible fruit, also called a pineapple and the most economically significant plant in the family Bromeliaceae. The pineapple is indigenous to South America, where it has been cultivated for many centuries, according to online sources. Pineapple is packed...

Monday, March 30, 2020, 12:00 AM

Looking after your mental health during lockdown

The world continues to grapple with the effects of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) with thousands of cases and ensuing deaths reported, leading to a total lockdown in many countries. Experts believe that this may cause short and long-term psychological problems. Sylvestre Twizerimana, a...

Monday, March 30, 2020, 12:00 AM

Mani Martin on keeping his fans entertained amidst COVD-19

The measures to curb the spread of the new coronavirus have ensured that nearly everything is turned off to focus on dealing with the virus, but creativity in some artistes is still alive and stronger than before. One good example is the Afro-pop artiste Martin Maniraruta, popularly known as...

Saturday, March 28, 2020, 12:00 AM

COVID-19: What next for teachers’ recruitment exercise?

Recently, primary and secondary school teachers were recalled after it emerged that some of the recently deployed teachers had missed certain recruitment exams.  The exams, held December 10, 2019, were aimed at recruiting at least 7,214 new teachers to improve the teacher-to-student ratio...

Wednesday, March 25, 2020, 12:00 AM

Healthy reasons to eat bananas

Bananas are among the most popular fruits found in local markets mostly within the price range of Rwf 100 apiece. They are a great way to satisfy your sweet tooth. And what’s more, nutritionists say, bananas will keep you feeling full, taking down the desire to eat more. Aside from...

Monday, March 23, 2020, 12:00 AM

Tuberculosis, challenges in treatment prevail

March 24 every year marks World Tuberculosis Day. And this year’s theme is ‘It’s Time’. In Rwanda, the event was to be held in Rulindo District, in Northern Province. However, this was postponed due to the outbreak of COVID-19, which has seen many meetings and gatherings...

Monday, March 23, 2020, 12:00 AM

The little known health benefits of hibiscus

This plant primarily grows in tropical and warm regions, but it can also grow seasonally in other areas where the weather is warm for only part of the year. In Rwanda, the hibiscus plant is mainly grown in parts of Ruhango and Rwamagana districts. However, nutritionists say most people aren...

Monday, March 16, 2020, 12:00 AM

What do you know about eating disorders?

Are you able to recognise an eating disorder in you or someone you know? Well, health experts say this is not as easy as one may think. Most of the time, they say one can consider it as a normal habit or behaviour. In most cases, experts say, it’s believed that people with eating...

Monday, March 16, 2020, 12:00 AM

How eight artists were inspired to open an inclusive art and culture centre

A glance at Inshuti Art and Culture Centre will leave you glued to one of the great pieces exhibited at the gallery. The masterpiece, titled, ‘The Long Trek’, by seven young visual artists, tells a true story of Clementine Nyirabazungu, from Musanze District. Born with...

Saturday, March 14, 2020, 12:00 AM

Why collaborative learning is important to the 21st century learner

Education experts believe that skills such as decision making, flexibility and problem-solving are best developed in schools, and that the earlier this is done, the better. On many occasions, they say such vital skills are needed in the labour market nowadays, and that these skills play a major...

Wednesday, March 11, 2020, 12:00 AM

What you should know about blood disorders

One of the functions of the blood is to supply oxygen and nutrients to every tissue in our body, therefore, diseases affecting the blood might affect or have consequences to our whole body, according to health experts. For this reason, they note that it is important to have basic knowledge of...

Monday, March 9, 2020, 8:57 AM

Weaning; tips for breastfeeding mothers

Adequate nutrition during infancy and early childhood are fundamental to the development of each child. Experts say complementary feeding is crucial stage during infancy. It’s defined as the process when breast milk alone is no longer sufficient to meet the nutritional requirements of...

Monday, March 9, 2020, 8:51 AM

Why is counselling important in schools?

Olivier Habinshuti, a senior two student at GS Ruhango Catholique, Southern Province, found himself in a pickle when his academic performance started deteriorating last year. Initially, according to Mark Ndagijimana who teaches English at the school, Habinshuti was a bright child whose...

Wednesday, March 4, 2020, 12:00 AM

IPRC students initiate smart system for banana processing

Some 82.5 per cent of harvested bananas are used in industries for banana wine and juice, 10 per cent in traditional wine, 5 per cent for consumption while 2.5 per cent is used in dessert, according to statistics from Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB). Given that the banana industry in Rwanda is...

Tuesday, March 3, 2020, 12:00 AM

Conjunctivitis: Highly contagious but preventable

In April this year, eye health screening will be carried out across all primary schools in the country, with the aim of detecting eye problems among young children. Organised by the Ministry of Health (MoH) and other partners, the screening is part of RDF (Rwanda Defence Force) citizen outreach...

Monday, March 2, 2020, 12:00 AM

Mad about mango: The health benefits

Mangoes are delicious, and that’s a very good reason to eat them. However, that’s not it, like papaya, they contain certain enzymes that can be beneficial to one’s overall health. They are rich in fibre, and so nutritionists say they can help alleviate constipation and piles,...

Monday, March 2, 2020, 12:00 AM

Healthy teeth, healthy kids: Teaching children good oral hygiene

Some parents may wonder why baby teeth matter since they are going to fall out of the mouth one day, however, experts say that dental health starts from birth. Unfortunately, there is still an overwhelming lack of understanding that dental health for kids should start as soon as their first tooth...

Monday, February 24, 2020, 12:00 AM

What are a teenager’s nutritional needs?

Eating healthy food is important at any age, but it’s especially important for children and teenagers, experts say. Adolescence is a time when physical growth increases rapidly, and for this reason, medical experts say nutrition intake is important. Private Kamanzi, a dietician and...

Monday, February 24, 2020, 12:00 AM

Are you choosing the right subject combination?

In secondary school when students move from ordinary to advanced level, they are required to choose a subject combination, depending on their preference.  Combinations include; Physics-Chemistry-Mathematics (PCM), Physics-Chemistry-Biology (PCB), Math-Chemistry-Biology (MCB), History-...

Wednesday, February 19, 2020, 9:04 AM