Lydia Atieno

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

Young entrepreneur finds opportunity in pesticides

Growing up, Jacques Habinshuti saw the struggles his parents and other farmers went through in an effort to acquire pesticides to control pests. He experienced first-hand the effects of insects and other organisms to farmers’ productivity and concurrent losses. This led him to seek a...

Tuesday, February 18, 2020, 12:00 AM

Breaking the barriers of girls’ participation in science

Josephine Mukarukundo, a mathematics and physics teacher was recognised early this week as a ‘champion of science’ for her tangible contributions to the advancement of women in science, in Rwanda. This happened during the celebration of the International Day for Women and Girls in...

Thursday, February 13, 2020, 7:20 AM

The power of aerobic exercise

To understand well the importance of aerobics, experts suggest to have an idea of the benefits of physical activity. Aerobic exercise involves coordinated movements of one or more parts of the body. Gerald Luzindana, a body wellness expert and aspiring health author, says human beings are...

Monday, February 10, 2020, 12:00 AM

Neglected tropical diseases; what is the way forward?

“I first heard about Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) last week. I had to Google what they are. The thing that struck me most is that they are preventable and treatable. They are ‘diseases of poverty’ and the injustice of that makes me angry. It makes me want to take action. I...

Monday, February 10, 2020, 12:00 AM

Money management: Habits every student should embrace

Some people believe that students are too young to save. However, it is said that this is the best time to set them on the path to successful financial management. It is believed that during this time, young people learn the specifics of good financial running. John Nzayisenga, Director of...

Wednesday, February 5, 2020, 12:00 AM

Why a computer literate learner is unstoppable

There is no doubt that the use of technology, notably, computers, has improved education, or the teaching and learning process. Computers have made education enjoyable, more interactive, and have created self-motivated learners. According to the Ministry of Education, the uptake of...

Wednesday, February 5, 2020, 12:00 AM

How access to electricity facilitated young entrepreneur‘s ambitions

Placide Nizeyimana’s garlic farm is located in Northern Province’s Gakenke District where he was born and bred. He grows garlic on three hectares of land, which he later processes into garlic drink, known as ‘kaanize’ for local consumption. The thirty-year-old’s...

Tuesday, February 4, 2020, 12:00 AM

Why schools should keep the spirit of patriotism alive

Recently, young Rwandans were encouraged to carry their identity with pride and be active in the fight for the complete independence of the African continent. The call was made during the launch of two books, ‘New Rwanda from Hell to Heaven’ and ‘Africanism’ by Rwandan...

Wednesday, January 29, 2020, 12:00 AM

The possible complications of untreated strep throat

Last week, more than 30 nurse practitioners and medical student volunteers converged in UR-Huye campus for a one-day training on rheumatic heart disease (RHD) eradication. The training was organised by Voluntary Based Rheumatic Heart Disease Action (VOBRA), a project of Rwanda Village Community...

Monday, January 27, 2020, 12:00 AM

Why bok choy should be the next ‘it’ vegetable

If you love leafy vegetables, then you’ve probably already discovered the differences among cabbages, such as green, Savoy, red, Napa, bok choy, and Brussels sprouts, and learnt what to do with them. Kigali has very many Chinese restaurants, and some people have probably come across these...

Monday, January 27, 2020, 12:00 AM

How teachers can assist students in the new academic year

Learners tend to set goals with each new academic year. They do this mostly in a bid to advance their academic performance.  It is important to note, however, that when it comes to students’ learning goals, teachers, as well as parents, have a big role to play, especially in terms of...

Wednesday, January 22, 2020, 12:00 AM

Young entrepreneur finds opportunity in fighting malnutrition

After completing high school in 2014, Herman Ruhagazi joined a savings group Duterimbere Torero whose largest composition were youth from his village. Members were required to save a minimum of Rwf250 or more, on a weekly basis. In 2017, Ruhagazi took a sum of Rwf50,000 from the savings group...

Tuesday, January 21, 2020, 12:00 AM

The benefits and dangers of cassave

In Rwanda, cassava or ‘imyumbati’ as it’s locally known, is among the staple foods consumed in the country. The root is versatile and can be eaten whole, chopped or ground into flour to make bread, for example. Nutritionists say cassava is loaded with nutritional benefits,...

Monday, January 20, 2020, 12:00 AM

Car-Free Day: Why you should opt in

In a bid to promote a healthy lifestyle for the Rwandan population, in 2016, the City of Kigali, together with Rwanda Biomedical Centre (RBC), partnered to promote Car-Free Day. The initiative was launched to encourage mass sports and promote early detection and prevention through non-...

Monday, January 20, 2020, 12:00 AM

Mpungirehe takes his art gallery in Nyirangarama

Two magnificent art pieces adorn the walls of the new Ivuka art gallery situated in Nyirangarama, Rulindo District. The message behind most of the art pieces depict people in various stations in life to simply accept all situations, and have a positive outlook in life. The art gallery, which...

Wednesday, January 15, 2020, 12:00 AM

Value addition of natural resources; entrepreneur’s experience

While in senior 4 in high school, Alexis Ngabonziza studied construction A2 as his main combination. After completing school in 2011, like any other high school graduate, Ngabonziza looked for something to keep him busy, and luckily enough, he landed on a mining job which dealt with stones...

Tuesday, January 14, 2020, 12:00 AM

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