The teachers’ civic training ‘Itorero’ kicks off

More than 73,000 teachers from nursery, primary, secondary and Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) from private and public institutions across the country are gathered at 132 sites in the 30 districts for civic education training, Itorero.

Dubbed ‘Indemyabigwi,’ the weeklong training opened Thursday under the theme, “Teacher’s role in building the Rwanda we need.’’

The Itorero was organised by the Ministry of Education in partnership with the National Itorero Commission, the Ministry of Local Government and Social Affairs, Ministry of Defence, Police and other stakeholders.

According to the Education ministry, the teachers will be trained on Rwandan cultural values and ethics that will reshape them anew and impact positively the way they teach to make sure they churn out culturally educated students, among others.

Briefing reporters on Thursday, the Education Ministry Permanent Secretary, Celestin Ntivuguruzwa, said since the last Itorero for teachers was held in 2008, teachers will present their achievements and also come up with new resolutions for the future in line with the country’s vision, The NewTimes reports.

“Considering that teachers play a big role in the country’s development by training and educating children who will become future leaders, it is important they get enough time to meet and evaluate themselves,” Ntivuguruzwa said.

“They also need to learn new things that shape them to be more productive at work to make sure the country gets the graduates needed to achieve its goals.”

Ntivuguruzwa added that the teachers will be trained on how to properly teach Kinyarwanda as one of the recent national dialogue (Umushyikirano) resolution for more efforts to teach Kinyarwanda at all levels of education.

“Making sure that our children know how to speak and write their mother tongue is among the major transformations we want from this Itorero because it is the entry point for patriotism and acquiring other cultural values,” PS Ntivuguruzwa added.

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