“Our children’s education is our future” | Impact story from Mbandazi primary school

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School SignOne of the national educational goals in Rwanda is to improve quality and learning outcomes across primary and secondary education. And this is expected to be achieved through a competence-based and learner-centered curriculum in line with our school development program in various public schools. For almost a decade, our team’s core business has been to ensure that schools are given the proper care and training to ensure that teachers are more qualified, suitably-skilled and motivated to respond accordingly to the needs of their schools especially in relation to quality education. To ensure a long term impact, our teacher trainers provide intensive training to a selected group of teachers in a school, who will later empower their colleagues through peer learning. We call them ‘teacher multipliers’. But how does our team build the capacity of teachers and what impact does it have on the teaching and learning outcomes in children’s lives? Meet Justine Mukangwije, Headmistress of Mbandazi primary school
Headmistress Justine surrounded by lower primary students

Headmistress Justine surrounded by lower primary students

With more than 30 years of experience as a teacher, Justine believes that the future of the country lies in the education of children. She now serves as headmistress of Mbandazi primary school. With only 23 teachers for 1671 students, Mbandazi primary school is one of the Gasabo districts rural schools that are supported by our program. And despite the crowded classrooms, the school leadership strives to ensure that quality is not compromised. Justine shares that, there was a time when most of our teachers thought that teaching was about transferring knowledge to students. Children were like empty tanks that needed to be filled with information and knowledge. But with the support of Wellspring, we came to understand that the primary role of a teacher is to help a child unleash his potential. A teacher’s role is to identify a child’s uniqueness and to respond to it in an inclusive way. Today, our teachers understand the importance of students’ active participation and group works. We believe that children have the capacity to discover, to analyse, and to find solutions. And we ensure that values are integrated in our teaching to help our children apply what they learn in their own lives. Justine also explains how helpful Wellspring’s program has been, especially in relation to the new national curriculum: “The content of the new curriculum is exactly what Wellspring’s trainers have sharing with us for years. We are grateful for the exposure to Wellspring’s series of trainings since we can very easily understand the nature and the content of the new curriculum. It is like all Wellspring’s core program modules were copied and integrated in the national curriculum”.
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