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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

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

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