Stephen Mugisha

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Quality Education; whose quality anyway? (Part II)

This is a follow-up on last week’s article that appeared in this paper focusing on the quality of education in Rwanda. The question was; whose quality and who is responsible for providing the quality of education that we want? Before we delve further into this question of quality education,...

Friday, October 21, 2016, 12:00 AM

Quality education; whose quality, anyway?

There is no doubt that education in post-Genocide Rwanda has undergone immense changes and transformation for the better. Some of the significant achievements include; high enrolment rates at all levels, improved infrastructure in schools, supply of teaching and learning materials to schools,...

Thursday, October 13, 2016, 12:00 AM

DJ Pius embarks on solo musical journey

After 10 years as a DJ and seven as an artiste, Pius Rickie Rukabuza, commonly known as DJ Pius, is confident he has learnt enough in the music industry to chart his own musical journey. The 29-year-old has embarked on a solo career after recently splitting with Innocent Aidan Tumaini aka Tkay...

Saturday, March 5, 2016, 12:00 AM

Why literacy is important in national socioeconomic and political transformation

September 8 is the international literacy day designated by Unesco to raise public awareness about the importance and benefits of reading. Although it took us a while to recognise and join the rest of the world in marking and cerebrating this important day, last week Rwanda observed the day....

Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 12:00 AM

Here's how we can nurture a reading culture

Stephen Mugisha Functional literacy empowers people with the knowledge and skills required for tackling the causes and effects of poverty such as unemployment, environmental degradation, hunger and disease. English philosopher Francis Bacon (1561-1626) once asserted that ‘reading maketh a...

Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 12:00 AM

We need a national book week festival

THERE IS an old adage that ‘a problem identified is half way solved’. This saying fits in well in respect to the attention that the need to develop a reading culture in Rwanda has attracted from various stakeholders in the recent past.  This great initiative is spearheaded by the...

Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 12:00 AM

Freedom of expression Vs respect for the sacred

“From my vintage point as commander of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda (UNAMIR), I was able to watch the strange dichotomy of local media, on one side, fuelling the killing while international media, on the other side, virtually ignored or misunderstood what was happening...

Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 12:00 AM

The workload that awaits the library and archives agency

A few weeks ago, the senate approved the bill establishing Rwanda Archives and Library Authority for the first time in history of this country.  The approval of this agency follows another historical achievement by this government, two years ago when the first public library in the country...

Monday, March 3, 2014, 12:00 AM

Time to document, preserve our history through books

Rwanda, like most other African societies is traditionally an oral society, and as such, writing and reading has eluded us despite making remarkable progress in other sectors.  The silent disaster that is looming as a result of our complacency and lack of concern to document our history and...

Monday, February 17, 2014, 12:00 AM

Time to document, preserve our history through books

Rwanda, like most other African societies is traditionally an oral society, and as such, writing and reading has eluded us despite making remarkable progress in other sectors.  The silent disaster that is looming as a result of our complacency and lack of concern to document our history and...

Monday, February 17, 2014, 12:00 AM

The power of literacy in the transformation of a nation

“LITERACY IS not a luxury; it is a right and a responsibility. If our world is to meet the challenges of the twenty-first century we must harness the energy and creativity of all our citizens,” Bill Clinton said on the International Literacy Day, 1994.  In relation to these words...

Monday, February 10, 2014, 12:00 AM

Employment vs work: the role of education

THERE ARE times when we need to unlearn and relearn in order to get things done better. It is amazing how our attitudes are shaped and influenced in the course of life particularly through the education institutions we go through.  Throughout the complete cycle of education, our mindset and...

Tuesday, January 28, 2014, 12:00 AM

You cannot reach the top by sitting on your bottom

THE FESTIVE season and 2013 is gone. New Year’s resolutions are still vivid in our minds since making the new resolutions have become a norm and fashionable. Without any iota of doubt, I believe it’s a good practice because it’s these resolutions that normally shape an individual...

Tuesday, January 14, 2014, 12:00 AM

Import substitution strategies will stimulate growth, dev’t

In reference to Africa’s insatiable appetite for exotic and imported products, Professor Ali Mazrui, once lamented that in Africa we produce what we don’t consume and consume what we don’t produce. Indeed, by and large, for most African countries there are no national specific...

Monday, December 30, 2013, 12:00 AM

Esau vs Jacob: How our value systems affect our life perceptions

In his book “Buy the future”, Pastor Mensa Otabil uses the story of Jacob and Esau to portray how our value systems affect the present decision which, in turn, shapes our future. As major characters in his book, the author drives his point through two parallel and contrasting paradigms...

Wednesday, December 25, 2013, 12:00 AM

Teachers should be equipped with entrepreneurial skills

There are some obvious realities in this world, some of which are natural and others have been coined over time. For example it’s obvious and natural that the sun rises from east and sets in the west, it’s also natural that all living things are born, they grow and die! Far away from...

Wednesday, December 11, 2013, 12:00 AM

In Africa, the more things change the more they remain the same

“Nations build their developmental paradigm after their national values; Poor nations are poor because of their productivity values and rich nations are rich because of their productivity values.Values ultimately dictate policy and priority…”, Dr Mensa Otabil. African geopolitics...

Tuesday, December 3, 2013, 12:00 AM

Youth mentorship programmes should become national policy

As I was listening to a radio programme last week, I was caught off guard by listening to a testimony of a Rwandan lady who discovered her talent as an actress at the age of 45! Her story made me think about what could be my own talent and I found out I was not sure of what my own talent could be.A...

Tuesday, November 26, 2013, 12:00 AM

Entrepreneurship is all about positive thinking

“The one battle most people lose is the battle over the fear of failure…try, start, begin…and you will be assured you won the first battle,” said Robert Schuller. This assertion fits in well with this year’s theme for the Global Entrepreneurship Week, which is simple...

Monday, November 11, 2013, 12:00 AM

Are our local schools giving way to international ones?

THERE IS a Senegalese proverb that goes; “If you borrow a man’s legs, you will go where he directs you.”  This saying suits well an encounter I had with one director of studies at one of the premium schools, about the trend of education in this country. Our chat was about the...

Monday, November 4, 2013, 12:00 AM

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