Education

Overcoming contrast between individual views of learning

Our understanding of learning differs today, with all most everyone having an opinion on how best learning can be effected. And with this, we have predicaments in teaching and learning. The concept of learning continues to be a serious challenge to teachers and students, thus compromising...

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - 10:14pm

Essential skills a toddler should have before preschool enrollment

Preschool/ nursery or an early childhood development centre (ECD) helps children develop important social skills, and lays a steady foundation for primary and other schools beyond.    Thus, for a child to navigate effectively different stages in preschool, she/he is expected to possess...

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - 9:56pm

My favourite story

This story has been on my mind since the day I read it. I hope you like it the way I do. Once upon a time, a man punished his three-year-old daughter for wasting a roll of gold wrapping paper. Money was hard to come by and he became infuriated when the child tried to decorate a box to put under...

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - 9:18pm

Imbuto, partners tip students on how to join leading universities

More than 150 high school students and over 26 educators from East and Southern African regions are meeting at Gashora Girls School in Bugesera District where they are being trained on how to apply to the US and other international universities. Dubbed the Yale Young African Scholars Educators...

Monday, August 6, 2018 - 8:53am

The promise of inclusive education

WASHINGTON, DC – Ali Moussa and Mahmoud are sixth graders in Zanzibar. Both boys are nearly blind and use recording devices and braille machines to read. But, thanks to their school and teacher, they are able to keep pace with their peers in the mainstream primary school that they attend....

Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 11:14pm

At what age should sex education begin?

During a recent gathering in Bugesera District, a call was made by Imbuto Foundation urging parents to create time to talk to their children about reproductive health before it is too late. Reports show that the reproductive health dialogue between parents and children is still a big challenge in...

Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 8:36pm

Students should be included in curriculum development

In the 20 years — and counting — that I have attended school, many things have happened that are of importance; but one vital thing is the need for curriculum developers to let go of traditional approaches of execution regarding syllabus development. Students are primary stakeholders...

Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 7:48pm

Government to create ‘skills database’ for varsity graduates

Plans to establish a ‘skills database’ that will record all university graduates in the country are under way, and the database will be operational before the end of this year, the Ministry of Public Service and Labour has revealed. Faustin Mwambali, the director general for employment...

Thursday, July 12, 2018 - 7:31am

The importance of setting goals for students

Experts believe that it’s the role of educators to help learners set short and long-term goals, as this will guarantee further achievement outside the school environment.  Isaac Ddumba, a teacher at La Colombiere School in Kigali, says encouraging students to set goals, academic and non...

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 - 12:14am

Why I love class revision groups

As a student, I have tried different methods to excel in my academics, and most of them have paid off. However, the most effective revision method has been working in groups with my classmates. It’s true that working together with your colleagues in study groups helps you to learn faster...

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 - 12:10am

What can teachers learn from the great football coaches?

As diehard supporters of Belgium and France get ready to support their teams, I can’t help but think of the coaches making the spirited games possible. One wonders what our education would be like if every teacher was as enthusiastic and passionate as these coaches. There are many lessons...

Tuesday, July 10, 2018 - 11:18pm

First Lady: Gender gaps must be fixed in education

The First Lady Jeannette Kagame has reiterated the need for stakeholders to work together to create an environment in education that dispels gender myths to ensure all children are given a fair chance at a bright future. Speaking at the event to mark the Forum for African Women Educationalists (...

Saturday, July 7, 2018 - 12:47am

E-commerce, education to feature in upcoming China-Africa summit

Development of E-commerce and improving education in Africa are some of the key topics that are expected to headline the upcoming Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) scheduled to take place in Beijing in September. This was highlighted during a China-Africa think tank conference held in...

Saturday, July 7, 2018 - 12:46am

Put action where your mouth is

You’ve heard the term “put your money where your mouth is”, meaning back up what you say and don’t just dish out advice that you don’t follow yourself, or spew an opinion that you can’t or won’t stand behind. However, I think there is a key word that needs...

Tuesday, July 3, 2018 - 8:53pm

Know your rights: How disabled children ought to be treated at school

Sometimes people are born with, or get physical or mental conditions that limit their capabilities. Such people are said to have disabilities and they require extra support in order to access education. For this reason, Ministerial Order N°007/2016 of 01/03/2016 determining modalities for...

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - 8:54pm

Strive for success

My classmates seem to loathe me because I’m the kind of student who always asks questions in class, and wants to fully understand a topic. They get irritated when I raise my hand, yet the teacher encourages me to do so. Because of this, I’ve been given nicknames and no one wants to hang...

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - 8:47pm

When self-efficacy is eroded away from teachers

Albert Einstein asserts that, education is what remains after one has forgotten what he learned in school.  Guadalupe claims that, teachers are the most important agents in the educational process because they directly organise students’ learning experiences. Others claim that, good...

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - 8:04pm

Discover the meaning of words with ‘grat’

You can finally become a dictionary yourself without necessarily cramming the meaning of every word. There are many ways of getting the meaning of a word, and one of them is studying the group of letters that make that word (prefixes, infixes and suffixes). Compare the word with other words that...

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - 7:57pm

Good student-teacher link will guarantee success

To this day, Monday mornings have a hold on me. It’s been 12 years since I sat in a mathematics class, and it occurred to my teacher that I was always late and unbothered, because I didn’t like the subject, or the person who taught it for that matter. I might have been the only one who...

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - 7:53pm

Catholic Church calls for review of the school calendar

The Catholic Church has alleged that studying during the dry season slows down children’s learning and suggested a need to revisit the school calendar. Bishop Philip Rukamba, the Bishop of Butare Diocese and the President of the Catholic Episcopal Conference, made the call last week while...

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - 1:36pm