Lydia Atieno

Why students need comprehensive assessment

Comprehensive assessment entails assessing student’s understanding as a way of improving the teaching and learning process in general.  Here, instructors and teachers use multiple strategies to gather and share information about the students’ weaknesses and strengths....

Wednesday, September 16, 2020, 12:00 AM

Postpartum haemorrhage; what you need to know

In Rwanda, the number one suggestion for blood transfusion is postpartum haemorrhage and other pregnancy-related complications, according to National Centre for Blood Transfusion (NCBT). Children under five, patients with chronic diseases and those involved in accidents are also among those who...

Monday, September 14, 2020, 12:00 AM

Juicing or blending: Which is healthier?

If you love fruits, nutritionists say blending or juicing both offer great benefits.  David Rukerabigwi, a dietician and nutritionist, says juicing and blending are both great but are different and provide different benefits. He says that although blending is always recommended more than...

Monday, September 14, 2020, 12:00 AM

Why you should build a skill set

Many people around the world were affected by the current Covid-19 pandemic. Some lost their jobs, some jobs were ‘put on hold’, others had to take pay cuts and et cetera. Some people’s career paths took a turn, requiring them to go into business and utilise their skills. Pax...

Wednesday, September 9, 2020, 12:00 AM

Tips to keep bacterial gastroenteritis at bay

Bacterial gastroenteritis happens when bacteria cause an infection in the gut, which leads to inflammation in the stomach and intestines. Health experts say it can be seen when through symptoms like vomiting, severe abdominal cramps, and diarrhoea, which are the most common signs. Causes...

Monday, September 7, 2020, 12:00 AM

The Duke Diet: A beginner’s guide

The Duke diet was developed by experts at the Duke Diet and Fitness Centre in Durham, N.C in the United States of America. The diet has since been decentralised to a local level in other countries, where nutritionists and dietitians prescribe it to people depending on the local foods that are...

Monday, September 7, 2020, 12:00 AM

Why you should embrace creative skills

Creative learning is when students are taught to use imagination and critical thinking to create new and meaningful ideas, to take risks, be independent and flexible. Creativity is often viewed as a quality that a person either has or doesn’t have. It’s long been accepted as fact...

Wednesday, September 2, 2020, 12:15 AM

Why cashew nuts should be go-to snack

The cashew seed is often considered a nut in the culinary sense; and the nut, native to South America with a soft consistency and sweet flavour, is eaten on its own, and can be found all over the world. In Rwanda, cashew nuts can be found in supermarkets and some nutritional clinics. For...

Monday, August 31, 2020, 12:00 AM

Modern diet and its impact on health

Harvesting food while conserving natural resources, and meeting the demands of a growing global population, is the goal of modern farming and ranching practices. Some of these practices include; food biotechnology - which involves a range of processes used to enhance foods through various...

Monday, August 31, 2020, 12:00 AM

The power of peer counselling

Benjamin Shema Manzi, a senior four student at Mother Mary International School Complex, Kigali, says when he is worried or has a problem he doesn’t want to discuss with an adult, the first approach is a trusted friend. Manzi says he does this because he believes that the friend will...

Wednesday, August 26, 2020, 12:00 AM

Why green tea is good for you

Looking for a natural source of caffeine? Nutritionists say green tea, a popular beverage consumed worldwide, is the way to go. Green tea is derived from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant and comes in several varieties. It can be enjoyed hot, cold or even in powdered form, and it’s...

Monday, August 24, 2020, 12:00 AM

Can’t sleep? Here’s what you should know

Being unable to sleep is not only frustrating, it can hinder productivity at work, not to mention put one’s health at risk. For some people, falling asleep is not a problem. However, many others have difficulty falling and staying asleep throughout the night. Health experts say that the...

Monday, August 24, 2020, 12:00 AM

Impact of communication skills on students

The ability to communicate effectively is a key skill for each and every student. In fact, educators point out that the better students are at it, the better their academic life will be. Aminadhad Niyonshuti, an English teacher in Kigali, says well-developed communication skills are vital to any...

Wednesday, August 19, 2020, 12:00 AM

Educational psychology and the learning process

Proficiency in teaching is essential because the ability to impart knowledge to students is what makes an excellent instructor/educator stand out. Dr Andrew E. Ivang from the Department of Clinical Biology – Huye campus, University of Rwanda, believes that educators should communicate in a...

Wednesday, August 19, 2020, 12:00 AM

Health impacts of air pollution

World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that seven million deaths globally were attributed to the combined effects of the household and ambient air pollution in 2016. About 94 per cent of these deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries.  Based on the current scenario of...

Monday, August 17, 2020, 12:00 AM

The health benefits of sesame seeds

Sesame is a flowering plant in the species sesamum, also called benne. Numerous wild relatives occur in Africa and a smaller number in India. It is widely naturalised in tropical regions around the world and cultivated for its edible seeds, which grow in pods. Although sesame seeds are imported...

Monday, August 17, 2020, 12:00 AM

Why effective time management is crucial for online learning

The current situation has seen a big number of students turn to online learning.  Since online classes don’t necessarily have the structure of a traditional classroom, teachers as well as students are required to plan for lessons and assignments accordingly. And this, requires...

Wednesday, August 12, 2020, 12:00 AM

How an initiative is sustaining learners’ reading culture during the pandemic

Reading is vital when it comes to improving students’ literacy skills and their overall academic performance. During this time when students are mostly at home, educators recommend for learners to indulge in independent and self-selected reading. It is in this line that ‘Agati...

Wednesday, August 12, 2020, 12:00 AM

A guide to postpartum weight loss

After having a baby, many women wonder how long it takes to lose baby weight and bounce back to a pre-baby body.  ‘There are lots of things you can do to get into shape again. But it’s really important to give yourself a break: Your body just birthed another being. Things moved...

Monday, August 10, 2020, 12:00 AM

Healthy reasons to have a smoothie

When it comes to health benefits, smoothies are always a better option than juice, nutritionists say.  This is so because juice often lacks the pulp of fruits and vegetables. In addition, peeling fruits or vegetables before putting them into a juicer makes them prone to germs and oxidation...

Monday, August 10, 2020, 12:00 AM

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