Education

Akilah Institute Founders Launch International University in Rwanda

After a decade of building the Akilah Institute in Rwanda, the founders say they have embarked on the journey of launching a new global network of universities, Davis College. Elizabeth Dearborn Hughes co-founded Akilah Institute with her husband Dave Hughes to provide transformational education...

Friday, July 26, 2019 - 1:27pm

Why private schools have resisted making Kinyarwanda medium of instruction

It is not uncommon to find students or teenagers who barely speak or write Kinyarwanda despite studying and living in Rwanda. Directives from the Ministry of Education stipulate that the language of instruction from Kindergarten to primary three is Kinyarwanda however this is not the case in...

Sunday, September 30, 2018 - 1:39am

The dilemma of structured education

One of my early childhood classmates, Micah (not his real name), had trouble coping with learning. We ridiculed and taunted him for his supposed “foolishness.” In retrospect, I think we were the ones who were foolish as we tried to force our friend to be “normal.” New...

Sunday, September 30, 2018 - 1:21am

Do not wait to be spoon-fed

Dear Counsellor, This term, our economics teacher has been absent most of the time. Of late, she has resorted to distributing notes in class and assigning us to discuss the topics in groups. Although she explained that she has been feeling unwell and needs enough rest, we feel cheated of our...

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - 10:15pm

Govt targets to send 60% O’level students in TVET schools by 2024

The Ministry of Education through the Workforce Development Authority (WDA) is on course to have at least 60 percent of students completing the Nine Year Basic Education join Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) schools by 2024, officials have said. Jérôme Gasana, Director...

Sunday, September 23, 2018 - 1:31am

Kamagaju on helping autistic children cope with education

When you arrive at Autisme Rwanda, which is located in Gisozi sector in Gasabo District, children with strange attitudes and behaviours welcome you. Autisme Rwanda is home to 36 children who were born with a mental disorder called autism. The children are between 2 and 15 years old. The centre...

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - 11:42pm

2,000 school leaders to undertake ‘effective school leadership course’

The Ministry of Education has launched a diploma programme in effective school leadership that will see about 2,000 managers from 1,322 different schools trained by 2021. The programme was launched on Sunday in Rubavu District by the Minister of State in charge of primary and secondary education,...

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - 12:22am

Rewards and school attendance; the two misunderstood concepts

As university students prepare to go back to school, other students are already settled in and their minds are coming to grips with the school reality.  Well, to some students, returning for the start of another academic year could be the most challenging time for them. Whereas some children...

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 11:33pm

Develop better strategies to tackle English teaching challenges

Every English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher knows the importance of constantly adapting to their students’ needs. Many times, this means dealing with a variety of problems in the classroom, many of which are all too common occurrences. A good ESL teacher must be able to recognise these...

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 11:31pm

Why reading with children is essential

Kids do not have to learn everything from school, home should be the first school. Reading a book aloud with your child at an early age equips them with numerous values. For instance, it boosts a child’s vocabulary, helps them to understand different topics about the world. This is why you...

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 9:49pm

UR upbeat over new Chancellor

The University of Rwanda management has welcomed the newly appointed Chancellor, describing her as an experienced academician who would guide the institution and connect it to the rest of the world. Last Friday’s cabinet meeting appointed Patricia Campbell as the new Honorary Chancellor of...

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 1:10am

Smart classroom project gathers momentum

The Ministry of Education has challenged secondary schools to fast-track a new model of smart classroom in a fresh bid to raise the quality of education. The initiative, which seeks to equip schools with computers and access to internet, is premised on the belief that ICT is a tool which will...

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 12:55am

Rwanda seeks increased enrolment of girls in technical and vocational schools

Government and its partners in education are exploring ways to increase the number of girls enrolling in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET). Currently, the enrollment of girls in TVET is at 40 per cent, which worries members of National Gender Equality and Women Empowerment (...

Saturday, September 15, 2018 - 11:18pm

African educators commit to promote peace education in schools

Educators from 11 African countries have expressed commitment to ensure that young Africans are well educated about peace and values the continent needs. The delegation of 15 Jesuit Education Directors made their pledge Friday after concluding a three-day workshop at Peace School at Kigali...

Saturday, September 15, 2018 - 12:05am

Government warns schools on student dismissals

The Ministry of Education has ordered all schools to draft clear internal regulations, stipulating offences and corresponding sanctions in bid to curb unnecessary student dismissals. The Minister of State in Charge of Primary and Secondary Education, Dr. Isaac Munyakazi issued the directive on...

Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 12:35am

Persistent extra school charges irk parents

In 2016, Lycée de Kigali – a public secondary school – unveiled a Rwf150 million project to fence the school premises as part of a strategy to curb drug abuse among the students. The school did not have the money to implement the project. Its management turned to parents for their...

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 - 1:15am

Pro-growth education for Japan

TOKYO – Since Prime Minister Shinzo Abe initiated his “Abenomics” reform program in 2012, Japan’s economy has received a remarkable boost. But the job is not yet finished. I once argued that the three “arrows” of Abenomics – monetary...

Monday, September 10, 2018 - 12:16am

Are students ready for third term?

Schools have reopened for the third and last term of the academic year, and a number of students have resumed the learning process. And, there is a lot to be done during this term. This is the time candidates prepare for their final examinations, as other students work hard to ensure they are...

Wednesday, September 5, 2018 - 2:40am

Origins of ordinary things: The elevator

You can get to the 10th floor of a tall building in a matter of minutes without breaking a sweat, thanks to the elevator. Even though elevators are operated using modern information technology, their existence, or at least the idea of them, is not modern. According to Today I Found Out, a...

Tuesday, September 4, 2018 - 11:36pm

Schools urged to take students for regular nature study tours

Nature Rwanda, a local conservation organisation, has urged schools to include study tours in the learning programme. This, they say, will give students the opportunity to observe many things in wildlife that are not available at school, and strengthen their education as they will get to see what...

Tuesday, September 4, 2018 - 11:27pm