HOPE: Rwanda Education Trip 2010 Ministers to Survivors of 100-day Genocide

By Michael Ireland | Chief Correspondent, ASSIST News Service

After 6 months of meeting together, planning and writing training materials, the 18 members of the 2010 HOPE: Rwanda Education team left Australia for Kigali, Rwanda on July 2 with great expectation and a desire to serve and support teachers and educational leaders in Rwanda.

“We are committed to bringing training that is strategic and genuinely makes a difference to the education sector in Rwanda,” said Michelle Shaw, the HOPE: Rwanda Education Team Leader, before leaving with the team.

(Teachers with training materials. Photo by ANS)

Shaw said bringing a quality education to all of Rwanda’s children is a huge challenge; Rwanda has 40,000 teachers struggling to teach over 2 and a half million children with an average class size of over 60.
The HOPE: Rwanda website http://www.hoperwanda.org says there are 1.2 million orphans, and over 100,000 child-headed households.

Currently, English is being introduced as the language of instruction across the nation and Information Technology (IT) is being incorporated into education programs. Whilst optimistic about the future, Rwandan teachers and education leaders are feeling somewhat overwhelmed.
The HOPE: Rwanda Education Project has been working with the Rwandan Ministry of Education to ask the question, “How can we best help teachers in Rwanda?”

HOPE: Rwanda Education focuses on human capacity development in the field of education and has been communication regularly with the Rwandan Government to ascertain what types of training in which sectors of education will most help the country meet its education targets.

On this particular visit, the HOPE: Rwanda Education team was involved in four major training projects whilst in Rwanda. The team of 18 broke into smaller teams to run conferences and training programs across Rwandan government and private sectors.

One group ran a 4-day conference for the Ministry of Education District and Regional Inspectors (some of whom each supervise over 900 schools in Rwanda) and heads of Teacher Training Colleges. The training was on student centered English and Special Needs Education, as well as the use of information technology (IT) in the education sector.

In her report on the trip, Shaw stated: “It really was an amazing time with the resolution and recommendations from the conference delegates to immediately work to incorporate the conference content into teacher practice across all Rwandan schools.” Read more: ASSIST News Service


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