KIGALI - A three-day training programme aimed at equipping tutors with computer knowledge to be used in their day-to-day activities kicked off yesterday at Kigali Institute of Education (KIE).
The training is part of a global initiative to ensure that Teacher Training Colleges (TTC`s) integrate ICT basing on practices in research and teaching techniques among others.
“The tutors will be teaching primary school educators who will then pass the skills to their students. This will therefore help us bring the ICT skills to the lower level,” said Dr. James Vuningoma, KIE Vice Rector Academics.
He pointed out that the training that is being implemented in collaboration with MKFC Stockholm College, is a pilot project that will see all tutors in all 11 TTCs in the country acquire the skills.
Dubbed “e-Teacher Training in Service”, it attracted 30 tutors from three TTCs; Rubengera, Save and Matimba.
The national project coordinator, James Rutebuka, said that the training is designed to enable teachers meet the needs of the learners in the ICT field.
The chief executive of MKFC, Marja-Riitta Ritanoro, appreciated the impressive turn-up of participants, saying it is a sign of interest in the programme.
“This is a problem-based learning approach that prepares teachers to identify challenges and learn by solving these problems through applying ICT,” Ritanoro said.
Some of the participants said the training would help them discover current developments in computer science.
“This is an opportunity to build on our experience based on the innovations we have been introduced to in this programme,” said Mark Kamugisha, a tutor from Save TTC.