Why is our program so relevant?
For the last couple of months, the government of Rwanda went through a major review of its national curriculum with the purpose of ensuring that there is an educational framework that can allow Rwandan children at every level of education to achieve their full potential in terms of relevant knowledge, skills and
appropriate attitudes that prepare them to integrate in the society and exploit employment opportunities.
Lunched in April 2015, the new curriculum is meant to be more competence based. It should be more learner-centered, inclusive, and flexible to ensure that basic competences like literacy and numeracy are consistently acquired at the earliest stage of the child’s educational development. Values integration is also a central component of the curriculum.
So how does our program fit into the new curriculum and what is it that is making it so relevant?
The Rwandan new curriculum is in line with our School Development Program especially through the Quality education modules that have been delivered by our team to teachers and school leaders in public schools for almost a decade. The modules are about key concepts that include cognitive skills development, lesson planning, inclusive education, behavior management, teaching aids, active participation, group work, and values. Our team has been privileged to support teachers and school leaders in the implementation of the competence based curriculum by helping them flesh out its important pieces.
Quality education team leader, Ladislas Nkundabanyanga
Teachers trainers’ team leader Ladislas Nkundabanyanga explains: “It is amazing to see that teachers and school leaders, who have been exposed to our trainings, are quick to understand and to implement the new curriculum in a consistent way, unlike teachers who have not had any prior exposure to a similar program. Our program is learner-centered and holistic. It focuses on the importance of helping the children develop basic competences and skills. It empowers teachers in a way that they can understand a child’s uniqueness and how to apply inclusive education principles in teaching and learning. And on top of that, students are taught values that will help them apply what they learn in their own life accordingly. And this is what makes our work so relevant not only to schools but also to our country’s educational goals and strategies