Education

Only 20% of children enroll for pre-primary – education ministry

The ministry of education has implored faith-based organisations to introduce a pre-primary school programme at all schools they run in an effort to address the low enrolment of children in pre-primary schools. The request was made in a meeting that brought together the ministry of...

Friday, December 6, 2019 - 10:49am

Over 1,400 teachers, school heads train in leadership

UP to 1,438 primary and secondary school educators from 17 districts have completed the Continuous Professional Development (CPD) programme, a certificate and diploma courses offered by University of Rwanda-College of Education. The graduates include head teachers, deputy head teachers, sector...

Saturday, November 30, 2019 - 12:11am

Ready for Reading: Placing adult education at the heart of war on illiteracy

Imagine for a moment that you couldn’t read street signs, use a computer, send a text message, fill out a form, read instructions for your child’s medication prescription, or simply, read your child a story. Well, that’s the situation of nearly two million Rwandans....

Wednesday, November 27, 2019 - 12:12pm

Holidays: The parent-child bonding time

The holiday is here and children are excited to spend some time away from school. Since some students are in boarding school and away from their family for three months, it is during the holiday that parents should strive to spend time with them. According to Antoinette Uwamahoro, a mother of...

Wednesday, November 27, 2019 - 11:12am

Should parents choose their children’s career?

Parents in most cases are pushed to actively engage in their children’s lives, to ensure that they are making the right choices. Some parents, however, go to the extent of wanting to have the ‘upper hand’ even when it comes to taking major decisions, such as choosing a career...

Wednesday, November 27, 2019 - 9:11am

Eight university students win Huawei ICT fellowship

Eight students are this week expected to travel to China for a 2-weeks training in technology after emerging winners of Huawei ICT competition early this week. The students were flagged off by the Minister of ICT and Innovation, Paula Ingabire, the Commercial Counsellor at the Chinese embassy to...

Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 3:35pm

India donates 100,000 science textbooks to Rwanda

The government of India on Thursday donated 100,000 textbooks to Rwanda's education sector and will benefit students that will mainly benefit high school students pursuing science-related courses. The books were handed over by the High Commissioner of India to Rwanda, Oscar...

Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 7:08pm

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

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