The Partnership between World Vision-Rwanda and the British Council together with the government in a project worth Rwf32.7m, will promote the use of English in selected schools in Bugesera district.
The partnership will empower teachers in English language, as a process that also needs development partners to get on board, and this is a move that is supplementing education strategy in promoting English as the medium of instruction in schools.
World Vision Country Director, George Gitau, said the initiative is part of the organisation’s efforts towards improving education quality. “We came into partnership with the British Council to take on the responsibility of training consultant teachers we brought from Uganda and Kenya,” he said.
According to him, 21 tutors are expected to serve 260 teachers in 21 schools for six months and the team is currently undergoing a special training to get the required standard based on the need of the local teachers.
He added that, these teachers are being trained on coaching methodologies to equip them with mentoring approaches and tools or techniques that will help them to effectively take on their respective responsibilities.
More teachers are expected in the country to train more local teachers.
The Director General of Rwanda Education Board (REB), John Rutayisire, commended the initiative, saying it was timely. “Our objective of the exercise is to improve the proficiency of local teachers in English, which is now the language of instruction in schools.”
According to one of the tutors, from Uganda, Jane Atim, part of their strategy is to use debating clubs as a channel to encourage public speaking skills.
“I believe that by the end of the six months, we must have completed our task. We are also to focus on encouraging teachers to form debating clubs amongst students as this will also impact on students directly,” she said.
REB entered into a partnership with Teachers Service Commission of Kenya and Uganda, through the Ministry of Education in order to hire teachers or mentors to teach other teachers English.
The records from the Education Ministry indicate that over 43,000 teachers have been trained in English language, with the first batch having been trained between November 2009 and January 2010.