Lydia Atieno

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

Pregnancy diet: Why you should focus on essential nutrition

Pregnancy is a critical period where nutrition requirement increases in that the expectant woman needs extra nutrients to sustain herself and the foetus. Private Kamanzi, a dietician and nutritionist at Amazon Nutrition Cabinet in Kigali that deals with diet, physical wellness and lifestyle,...

Monday, August 3, 2020, 12:00 AM

You need spiced tea; here’s why

Spiced tea can either be black or with milk, depending on one’s preference. Generally, studies have shown that spiced tea offers not only benefits of tea, but also the various spices added. Spiced tea typically contains a high amount of antioxidants that help strengthen one’s...

Monday, August 3, 2020, 12:00 AM

Ways to make virtual learning interactive and effective

According to the World Economic Forum (WEF), over 1.2 billion children worldwide are out of the classroom. This has resulted in students adopting online learning and as a result, education has changed dramatically with the distinctive rise of e-learning- where teaching is undertaken remotely and...

Wednesday, July 29, 2020, 12:00 AM

Kidney beans; health benefits and more

The kidney bean is a reddish- brown or speckled legume with the colour and shape of a kidney. It is a popular variety of ‘ibishyimbo’ the local name for the common bean. Though available in markets countrywide, they are more concentrated in Gicumbi District to the north. When...

Monday, July 27, 2020, 12:00 AM

What is hydrotherapy and how does it work?

Although hydrotherapy is very effective in physiotherapy rehabilitation, Charles Munyambonera, a physical therapist in Kigali, says it is not used as much within. He says that this form of treatment is very effective, especially for people with rheumatic ailments. “This is because when...

Monday, July 27, 2020, 12:00 AM

How to ensure students are ready for life after school

By understanding productivity strategies at every level, studies have shown that students discover the ways in which they work best, while gaining an appreciation for how others work as well when outside the school environment. More importantly, education experts believe that knowing how to help...

Wednesday, July 22, 2020, 12:00 AM

Plums: Health benefits

Plums can be large or small, with red, purple, green, purple flesh. Plum is a fruit of the subgenus prunus of the genus prunus. The subgenus is distinguished from other subgenera (peaches, cherries, bird cherries, etc.) Nutritionists say plums are an excellent source of vitamins, minerals, fibre...

Monday, July 20, 2020, 12:00 AM

What is blood transfusion?

The National Centre for Blood Transfusion (NCBT) normally conducts regular campaigns sensitising people to respond to the noble cause of saving lives. Blood is defined as a body fluid in humans and other animals that delivers necessary substances such as nutrients and oxygen to the cells and...

Monday, July 20, 2020, 12:00 AM

Students and self-discipline: Planning for success

Self-discipline is a way to keep students focused on their learning. But, it can be difficult to stay self-disciplined throughout this period when students are learning at home, given the distractions, like TV.  Education experts believe that self-discipline should be enforced; that means...

Wednesday, July 15, 2020, 12:00 AM

The role of information literacy in education

The threats of social media misinformation, fake news and fast information transmission have made digital tools dangerous for everyone, especially learners. To overcome this, education experts believe that information literacy is required in learning. Information literacy is the set of skills...

Wednesday, July 15, 2020, 12:00 AM

Why youth should be agents for improved nutrition

Last week, youth from different districts across the country were trained on capacity building in nutrition. The training, which was organised by Global Financing Facility (GFF), Rwanda Civil Society Coalition, in partnership with Sun Alliance—a coalition of civil society organisations...

Monday, July 13, 2020, 12:00 AM

Reasons to eat sardines

Sardines, locally referred to as ‘saradin’ are small fish packed with nutrients and less calories. Apart from being budget-friendly, sardines are rich in proteins and a whole lot of essential vitamins, according to nutritionists. Marie Ann Munezero, a Kigali-based nutritionist,...

Monday, July 13, 2020, 12:00 AM

Varsity students ease online bookings process for local tourism amid Covid-19 pandemic

An extraordinary Cabinet meeting held mid-last month, resolved that hotels will be allowed to host gatherings, meetings and conferences.  The meeting also allowed domestic and international tourism for visitors traveling on chartered flights. In a bid to facilitate recovery from the...

Tuesday, July 7, 2020, 12:00 AM

Is okra nutritious?

Okra, known in many English-speaking countries as ‘ladies’ fingers’ or ‘ochro’, is a flowering plant in the mallow family, and is also sometimes mistaken for a pepper plant. However, this is a flowering plant known for its edible seed pods. It contains a sticky juice...

Monday, July 6, 2020, 12:00 AM

Are you overeating? Break the cycle

The Covid-19 pandemic created a massive impact on human health, causing many lifestyle changes. Over the past few months of lockdown, many found themselves eating more and more, possibly due to loneliness and anxiety, or just plain boredom.  Experts believe that adjusting to a healthy...

Monday, July 6, 2020, 12:00 AM

How local NGO empowers vulnerable women amid Covid-19

According to the United Nations, the combination of economic and social stresses brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as restrictions on movement, have dramatically increased the number of women and girls facing abuse, in almost all countries. In this regard, Root Foundation, a local NGO...

Thursday, July 2, 2020, 12:00 AM

The importance of birth control and spacing

Papias Bizumuremyi from Bukure in Gicumbi District has a six-month-old baby, and expects to have another in five years. “The reason we have given ourselves a five-year gap is to have another child when we are more financially stable,” Bizumuremyi says. This is because of the high...

Monday, June 29, 2020, 12:00 AM

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