Secondary school teachers from various schools countrywide were, yesterday, trained on to use the innovative study approaches, while delivering lessons in mathematics, science and technology.
The four-day workshop aims at giving teachers a platform to come together and share experiences on their teaching styles, as a way of improving the quality of education offered to students.
Officiating at the opening ceremony, Erasme Rwanamiza, the Director General of Education in the Ministry of Education, urged the educators to open up their minds and embrace the notion of continuous learning.
“Learning mathematics, science and technology is not only about instilling knowledge into our children’s minds; it requires logical thinking and innovative processes through understanding learner-centred lessons,” he said.
He added that the government has prioritised knowledge as a centrepiece for the development of the Rwandan society, pointing out that this can only be achieved through reinforcing the teaching staff, especially in the fields of mathematics and science.
Rwanamiza, called upon the teachers to improve students’ way of learning these subjects, to ensure that, as they grow up, they make logically informed decisions.
The workshop attracted education experts from Zambia and Japan who are training Rwandan teachers.
One of the trainers Allan Lingambe, an Education Expert from Zambia, said that knowing the lesson study approach and how to implement it, is vital in promotion of education.
“Very few teachers exercise real learner-centred lessons because they require more time during planning that most secondary school teachers think they do not have,” he said.
Speaking to The New Times, Miho Takahashi Mshoka, the Project Coordinator, said that lesson study involves teachers observing their colleagues’ lesson with a view to improve delivery through comments and suggestions amongst themselves.
The training forum which is under the theme “Lesson Improvement through Lesson Study” was organised by the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) in partnership with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).