Education

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

Strategies to improve academic outcomes

Teachers should always strive to make sure their learners get what they need to be successful, not just in school, but outside the school environment as well. Experts say that this can be achieved only if emphasis is put on various areas and activities. Relationship between behaviour and academic...

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 - 3:30am

REB finally begins to print certificates locally

Rwanda Education Board (REB) has released its first batch of locally printed secondary school certificates. They include 44,037 certificates for 2017 Senior Six graduates and over a thousand certificates that were supposed to have been awarded between 2010 and 2016 that foreign contractors had...

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 - 3:29am

Addressing issues in the education sector needs haste

During the drafting of the 2013-2018 Education Sector Strategic Plan, several areas were identified as major challenges. One was increasing access to all levels of education, especially rural-based and disadvantaged children and improving the quality of education. One challenge that stood out was...

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 - 3:06am

Assessments: Are we going about them the wrong way?

Most efficient teachers use assessments to inform their teaching. In fact, they constantly pore over evaluations, rubrics, and test scores to see what kinds of actionable insights they can glean from them. However, the way assessment is actually practiced in institutions of higher learning today...

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 - 12:51am

How Rwamagana’s community learning centre and library will boost education

On July 17, 2018, Rwanda Education Assistance Practice (REAP), a local educational NGO in Rwanda, inaugurated the Community Learning Centre (CLC), an educational resource centre in Rwamagana. The main objective of the centre is to make available relevant educational resources to the community and...

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 - 12:32am

Tracking the impact of foreign scholarships

Last week, several embassies representing their countries in Rwanda bade farewell to Rwandan students going to pursue different courses abroad, including in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. China offered 12 scholarships to Rwandan students, the Netherlands 28, the United Arab Emirates 20, while...

Tuesday, August 28, 2018 - 8:51am

Attend parent-teacher conferences

A child’s academic performance is influenced by a number of factors; teachers, parents, individual brainpower and motivation. Parents are key players in the development of a child’s character, confidence, motivation and personal responsibility — all of which contribute to a child...

Tuesday, August 21, 2018 - 10:01pm

Why we need internationalisation of higher education

Students in higher institutions of learning are heading back to school, at local and international universities. I was, however, intrigued by the large number of students registered at South African universities. Many questions idled in my mind. South Africa is said to be the hub of quality...

Tuesday, August 21, 2018 - 9:42pm

The inspirational child

A good child should be disciplined in all aspects of life. Our teacher once told us that discipline in life has many virtues, like being focused, staying healthy and also avoiding problems. I believe that discipline is the foundation of academic success, talent discovery, and development. So, in my...

Tuesday, August 21, 2018 - 9:25pm

Sport is important in promoting quality education – Minister Rwamukwaya

Sport is and will always be an important part of any community and plays a big role not only in promoting a healthy life but also in promoting quality education as well as contributing to integration and collaboration. This was observed by Olivier Rwamukwaya, the Minister of State for Technical...

Monday, August 20, 2018 - 11:05pm

Archbishop Mbanda to focus on pastors capacity building, early childhood education

On January 17 2018, Laurent Mbanda was elected the fourth Archbishop and Primate of the Province of the Anglican Church of Rwanda, replacing the retired Bishop Onesphore Rwaje.   He was consecrated Bishop of the Diocese of Shyira in March 2010. He previously served as the vice president for...

Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 11:46pm

Religious orders have an answer to the predicament their schools find themselves in

Some days ago we broached the subject of 57 secondary schools that had been suspended for a number of reasons, most of them regarding poor infrastructure, hygiene and administrative shortcomings. Some of the schools, it could be said, were facing serious financial constraints and were overwhelmed...

Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 11:25pm

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