Five ways to develop skills during lockdown

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to distress the world, however, governments have been taking drastic steps to stop the spread. Like the decision to close schools and higher learning institutions. For most, this is a severe interruption of the academic year as the bricks-and-mortar lecturing...

Wednesday, April 1, 2020, 12:00 AM

How a Rwandan student is surviving in Italy amid the COVID-19 carnage

It all seemed like a phase that would pass in a few weeks but as events began to unfold, Ariel Muyango, a young Rwandan studying in Italy, feared for the worst. Turin, a city in which he resides in the northern part of Italy was hit hard by the outbreak of Coronavirus. What followed since...

Monday, March 30, 2020, 1:17 PM

COVID-19: South Africa records two deaths as lockdown begins

On Friday, South Africa announced its first two deaths from the coronavirus as the country’s cases soared close to 1,000 and embarked on a three-week country lockdown began. The announcement was made by the country’s health minister Dr Zwelini Mkhize through a public statement....

Friday, March 27, 2020, 5:20 PM

Some taxi-moto operators defy lockdown directives

Days after the Government declared a partial lockdown allowing only essential services to remain operational, it is still evident that a few suspended activities in Kigali continue to operate. According to a mini survey carried out by The New Times, some businesses, mainly in the travel industry...

Wednesday, March 25, 2020, 12:50 AM

COVID-19: A guide to e-learning resources amid lockdown

When Edna Mugunga first heard that there was a possibility of the initial two week suspension of schools being extended, she was worried about how she would keep up with academics. The 17-year-old and S6 six candidate at Lycée de Kigali tells Education that one week in, things are going...

Wednesday, March 25, 2020, 12:00 AM

Covid-19 cases increase to 19 in Rwanda

The Ministry of Health on Sunday, March 22, confirmed two new cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) bringing the number of people diagnosed with the virus in the country to 19. The two new cases were both Rwandan men, one aged 32 and another 34 who arrived in the country from Dubai on March 19 and...

Monday, March 23, 2020, 10:13 AM

COVID-19: Schools, worshiping places lockdown likely to be extended

The initial two week closure of schools, places of worship and other gatherings may be extended basing on prevailing circumstances, the ministry of health has announced. This was stated in the latest status update from the ministry which was released on Friday, March 20, in which it said...

Saturday, March 21, 2020, 10:18 AM

COVID-19: Airtel offers free text messaging service to ‘keep public connected’

All Airtel customers can now send and receive text messages on the network with zero charges, Airtel Rwanda has announced Friday.  The development is expected to enable their subscribers to use SMS to remain connected with their friends and family as they continue to social distance to help...

Friday, March 20, 2020, 8:56 PM

There is no better time to digitalise classrooms, educationists say

As schools adjust to the government's decision to temporarily close schools to curb the spread of COVID-19, one thing is clear; remote learning remains a possibility. An escalating number of COVID-19 cases are being confirmed globally, and at least seven cases have been reported in Rwanda as...

Tuesday, March 17, 2020, 7:01 PM

Coronavirus: Jack Ma donates 20,000 test kits, 100,000 masks, and 1,000 protective gear

Amidst the ongoing efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, the Jack Ma Foundation and Alibaba Foundation have committed to donating different medical support to all African countries. The support includes test kits, masks, medical use protective suits and face shields....

Tuesday, March 17, 2020, 11:54 AM

Coronavirus: Rwanda issues new guidelines for taxi-motos

The Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA) has issued new guidelines for taxi-moto operators amid growing novel coronavirus fears.          Among the guidelines issued in a statement on Monday evening, the regulatory body requires all taxi-...

Tuesday, March 17, 2020, 10:12 AM

Coronavirus: Students return home, bus passenger numbers cut by half

The Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA), is reducing the number of passengers on public buses that previously allowed clients to sit or stand from 70 to 39. The Director of the RURA Transport Division; Tony Kulamba told members of the media that in a bid to protect Rwandans from the...

Monday, March 16, 2020, 12:00 AM

Kenya, Gabon confirm first coronavirus cases

Kenya and Gabon each confirmed the first case of the novel coronavirus, or Covid-19, Thursday, in a development that is likely to put neighbouring countries on heightened alert. Mutahi Kagwe, Kenya’s Minister for Health, said the patient is a Kenyan student who travelled back home from the...

Friday, March 13, 2020, 1:04 PM

Kagame names new judges

President Paul Kagame on Tuesday appointed three judges to the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal. Richard Muhumuza was appointed as a Supreme Court judge, according to a statement. Until his appointment, the former prosecutor-general had been serving as a judge in the Court of Appeal...

Wednesday, March 11, 2020, 8:57 AM

Developing graduate employability skills, qualities

College education is thought to be ‘the ticket to a higher level of life’. But is a degree all one needs for the labour market? The education vs. experience debate is a seemingly never-ending one. In today’s world, many wonder if a college degree is still a worthwhile investment....

Wednesday, March 11, 2020, 12:00 AM

Government rolls out twin initiatives to help end street children menace

The Government has rolled out a couple of new measures designed to rehabilitate and reintegrate street children back into communities. The measures are part of a multipronged strategy that includes two parallel initiatives through which the National Rehabilitation Service (NRS) is hoping to...

Tuesday, March 10, 2020, 4:11 PM

COVID-19: Cancelled gospel concert held online

An online concert staged at an arena with 3,000 empty seats took place in Kigali on Monday afternoon. Organisers opted to live stream the concert with no spectators a day after music fans were informed of a last-minute decision to call off the concert amid fears of a novel coronavirus (Covid...

Tuesday, March 10, 2020, 2:30 PM

5 key challenges that await new education ministry leadership

Education is one of the ministries that saw a clean sweep during last month’s cabinet reshuffle with three new faces coming in hoping to tackle issues that have dogged the sector for so long. Valentine Uwamariya became the latest on a long list of people who have occupied the position of...

Tuesday, March 10, 2020, 9:57 AM

Young innovator establishes business to spur local technologies

Based on projections that the Fourth Industrial Revolution is expected to usher in transformation that will have an impact on job creation, Willy Nsabiyumva, the Chief Executive of Grow-Fast Ventures, believes that there is no better time to equip young people with skills and competencies that...

Tuesday, March 10, 2020, 12:00 AM

UAE’s Sheikh Mohammed visits Rwanda

H.H Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of the Emirate of Dubai recently visited Rwanda. Sheikh Mohammed explored the spectacular landscape of Rwanda where he toured the country by air and land, soaking in its...

Wednesday, March 4, 2020, 11:56 AM