Viviane Irabizi

Rwandan firms win big at inaugural women entrepreneurship challenge

Two Rwandan entrepreneurs have been named best in their respective categories during the inaugural women entrepreneurship competition, 2X Invest2Impact, that brought together several entrepreneurs from five African countries. The duo is among the 100 women entrepreneurs selected from the five...

Tuesday, November 26, 2019, 6:18 PM

Kimonyo presents credentials in China as Rwandan envoy

Ambassador James Kimonyo on Friday last week presented his credentials to President Xi Jinping, in a ceremony held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. The presentation of the credentials marked the beginning of Kimonyo’s diplomatic engagement in the Asian country, where he replaced...

Monday, November 25, 2019, 4:43 PM

Unqualified teachers in dilemma

Teachers without the required qualifications will be relieved of their duties in two months except those who still have lessons, the Minister of State in charge of Primary and Secondary Education, Isaac Munyakazi, told The New Times. Teachers for years have been offered a grace period to acquire...

Thursday, October 10, 2019, 1:16 AM

RSB explains reluctance to license production of reusable sanitary pads

Rwanda Standard Board (RSB) says it is still assessing East African Community standards before licensing the production of reusable sanitary pads, locally. Tubahumurize Association, a local organisation, has started the production of reusable and cheap sanitary pads but is yet to receive the nod...

Tuesday, October 1, 2019, 12:14 AM

Illegal mining blamed for many deaths in Kamonyi

Eight people have died and 25 others injured in Kamonyi District since June this year due to illegal mining. More than 15 are in jail yet, according to Rwanda Mines Petroleum and Gas Board (RMB), more than 50 others are suspected to be still engaging in illegal mining. John Kanyangire, the...

Monday, September 23, 2019, 12:52 AM

How women on Gihaya Island are ‘paddling’ their way out of poverty

There’s a light breeze at the shores of Lake Kivu. I am at Gihaya Island in Rusizi District, and the women I encounter at the shore are the epitome of diligence. On their canoes, they traverse the lake, grinding and paddling all day as they transport passengers, attend to tourists and...

Thursday, September 12, 2019, 12:00 AM

Why schools should own cultural museums

Inside the museum at École Privée Marie Auxiliatrice in Kiyovu Sector, Nyarugenge District, a 7-year-old student is stirring milk to produce butter. It is a Friday and students are engaged in a cultural exhibition with a resolve to preserve the beauty of Rwanda’s cultural heritage. They...

Wednesday, September 11, 2019, 12:00 AM

Schools implement handwashing campaign to stave off Ebola threat

At around 11 am, twelve-year-old Crispin Mizero, a pupil at Umuco Mwiza School is using a tippy tap to wash his hands, with soap. Located in Kimironko Sector, Gasabo District, the school is among the many public institutions in Kigali that have started to implement the ministry of health...

Wednesday, August 28, 2019, 12:24 AM

PHOTOS: Schools implement hand washing campaign to stave off Ebola threat

At around 11 am, twelve-year old Crispin Mizero, a pupil at Umuco Mwiza School is using a tippy tap to wash his hands, with soap. Located in Kimironko Sector, Gasabo District, the school is among the many institutions in Kigali that have started to implement the ministry of health guidelines on...

Tuesday, August 27, 2019, 3:33 PM

Muragijimana on physical disability and a passion for journalism

Joselyne Muragijimana had a rough childhood; as a child living with ill health, she recalls the challenges all too well. And how she became disabled, remains a mystery. It started in 2006; she was playing with classmates on that fateful day, she just collapsed. Muragijimana has been in a...

Thursday, August 22, 2019, 12:00 AM

Varsity graduates advocate for online academic transcripts

Theogene Niyonzima, graduated from University of Rwanda, College of Science and Technology class of 2014 and immediately embarked on his transitional journey to seek employment. It became a challenge for him however, to get his academic transcripts as it took him a long time which resulted into...

Sunday, August 11, 2019, 12:00 AM

Schools defy policy on using Kinyarwanda as medium of instruction

Some schools in the country have not complied with a ministerial instruction stating that schools should use Kinyarwanda as a medium of instruction up to primary three, Sunday Times has learned. According to the Education Sector Strategic Plan developed in 2013 by the Ministry of Education,...

Sunday, July 28, 2019, 12:00 AM

Primary teachers decry lack of contracts

Some primary teachers still work without permanent contracts, limiting their ability to access benefits that are enjoyed by their colleagues and making their positions untenable. Several teachers in Bugesera and Nyamagabe districts that The New Times spoke to said they have worked for more than...

Tuesday, June 25, 2019, 12:00 AM

UR to reinstate internship allowance for needy students

University of Rwanda(UR) will work with Higher Education Council (HEC) in order to establish students eligible for internship allowance. Dr Charles Murigande, Deputy Vice Chancellor in Charge Institutional Advancement at UR, made the disclosure to The New Times on Monday as he was reacting to...

Wednesday, June 19, 2019, 12:00 AM

Schools complain of disruption in milk distribution programme

Nursery and primary schools that have been getting free milk have expressed concerns over the unstable monthly provision which is affecting students. The initiative by National Early Childhood Development Programme (NECDP) was meant to give children nutritious and balanced meals. According to...

Saturday, June 15, 2019, 12:00 AM

Meet man who has donated blood on six continents

Arjun Mainali, a Nepalese-born American citizen has donated blood at least 171 times in a 30-year journey that has taken him to six continents. The 51-year old, who has so far given an estimated 85,000 milliliters of blood, arrived in Rwanda around the time the country joined the global community...

Saturday, June 15, 2019, 12:00 AM

Slow registration system frustrates candidates for national exams

Schools that are registering candidates for national exams due later this year have expressed concerns over the inefficiency of the new registration system. The candidates being registered are those who will sit for primary leaving examinations for ordinary and advanced levels of secondary...

Thursday, June 6, 2019, 12:00 AM

Kabarebe to the youth: Genocide denial biggest challenge for next generation

As Rwanda is set to commemorate, for the 25th time, the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, Gen. James Kabarebe has appealed to a youth international audience to fight the hate speech being spread by Genocide perpetrators and deniers. Rwanda, the Senior Presidential Advisor on Security said, faces a...

Friday, April 5, 2019, 12:13 PM