Chief Executive of Education Development Trust, Dr. Patrick Brazier applauded the commitment by the Rwanda Ministry of Education towards achieving learning outcomes of children at P1 up to P3 in English and Mathematics.
Dr Patrick was speaking at the end of his two day visit to Rwanda to examine the progress of the Building Learning Foundations which is supporting all Mathematics and English teachers in Rwanda.
According to BLF team leader, Anders Lonnqvist, this training is the second phase of the three-year £25.3 million (approximately Rwf28bn) project launched in mid-2017 seeking to establish a solid foundation at lower primary level – primary one-three.
“After taking the Aptis English test to evaluate their English language skills, the results showed that among 832 mentors, 120 of them are still on lower level and they need to take an intensive English training to be at a standard level ,” said Lonnqvist.
He added that the training will take up to six months but will be delivered in phases through face-to-face and online trainings.
Among 832 school based mentors in English who were recently tested, about 120 of them will next month undergo an intensive English course training.
Dr Patrick Brazier observes an English lesson at GS Shyorongi Rulindo
The government of Rwanda recently took a directive that all aspiring teachers joining teaching service in all government schools will be required to do an English and ICT assessment test. This was announced in June by the Ministry of Education in Rwanda.
Dr Patrick Brazier alongside Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Educatio, Sam Mulindwa and Anders Lonnqvist in Kigali
The £ 25 million programme is a three year programme of the Ministry of education which focuses on establishing solid foundations at lower primary levels in all government schools in Rwanda.
Funded by the UK government, BLF targets 25,000 English and mathematics teachers, 2,500 head teachers, and all education officials at district and sector levels.