Why do teachers matter?
It is said that “good teachers are costly but bad teachers cost more”. Therefore, empowering teachers is a nonnegotiable requirement in the process of establishing and sustaining quality education in schools.
In line with the Rwandan Government education strategy, which emphasizes the importance of developing qualified and competent teachers in order to achieve great learning outcomes, Wellspring’s team of trainers strives to ensure that teachers in public schools receive the right care and support to help them grow as highly skilled and competent teachers.
The journey toward transformation can be long. Yet, the significant impact of Wellspring’s investment in schools can be felt and assessed on the progressive and genuine change in attitude and practice of trained teachers at schools, in classrooms and in their communities, as reflected in teachers’ living stories from different schools.
Bosco NDABIKUNZE, Teacher
“Few years ago, the only thing I cared about in my teaching was to ensure that I complete the curriculum. The way I would do it didn’t matter. But following the trainings I received from Wellspring, both my teaching mythology and my interactions with students remarkably changed. I gained a better perspective on effective lessons planning by realizing that the student should always be at the center of my teaching. I also understood the importance of improving the collaboration with parents to encourage them to get involved in their children’s education
” Bosco NDABIKUNZE, Teacher, Groupe Scolaire Kinyinya.
“Despite my 20 years of teaching experience, I learned from Wellspring that quality education includes
proper students’ behavior management, and building the child’s self-confidence in the learning process. I learned how to build real and good relationships with my students in order to ensure that they enjoy my lessons. I also realized that teaching aids should be designed in a way that will allow and encourage group works and students’ active participation
” Jeannette MUKARUNANIRA, Teacher | Groupe Scolaire Kinyinya
“In my 15 years of experience as a teacher, my teaching philosophy in a classroom could be summarized in one sentence: ‘You do what I say or You fail!’. Unfortunately, this attitude established an environment of fear and it destroyed my students’ self-esteem. I am thankful to Wellspring’s trainers who challenged my teaching approach by helping me understand that great teachers are not student’s bosses. Instead, they are catalysts that help students tap into their potential. When I started to work on my negative approach, students’ interest in my lessons considerably increased because they felt valued and loved. But most importantly, because they realized that I genuinely allowed them to actively participate in what was happening in the classroom. Following the launch of the new teaching curriculum by the Rwanda Education Board, I strongly believe that Wellspring’s experience is what teachers need to be able to deliver the curriculum consistently
” Samuel UWAMAHORO, Teacher | Groupe Scolaire Kagugu