Rwanda joined the rest of the world in an international literacy conference which started on 7th September in Washington DC.
This is one event that is aimed at seeing the different steps that countries are taking in promoting literacy and fighting illiteracy, and the measures that these countries are using in fighting the latter.
A delegation from the Rwanda Education Board [REB], and the Education Development Centre [EDC], one international NGO under, US Agency for international development [USAID], is to represent Rwanda in this event and therefore will show how the country is trying to fight illiteracy and hence promote literacy.
Yasin Said, the head of EDC said “that promoting literacy also does involve giving a chance to people who did not get any education, adding on that this is why the were bringing mobile libraries in different places in the country taking those ones with the most vulnerable people.
This delegation will first visit Oyster Adams Bilingual School in Washington DC, one school that uses Spanish and English as their languages of instruction, and thereafter, they will participate in the mobile education international symposium, which aims at using mobile technology to improve education by bringing international specialists together.
Officials said that this is going to encourage people involve in it since it was interesting for them. “People will not only get easier ways of learning but they will also be encouraged in this area, “said these officials.
Norma Evans the technical director of literacy, language and learning initiative under EDC, said that them together with the ministry of education and other development partners had come up with so many initiatives so as to contribute effectively to building a good culture of reading right from primary school hence a very good thing for all the people in Rwanda.
“Rwanda Reads”, a newly launched programme, will simplify and also overcome the challenges that the public has been experiencing in the past in getting access to reading materials or text books so as to promote reading and literacy in the country”, said Norma.
The initiative engages in various strategies that involve public awareness campaigns and enabling schools to engage in simplified or improved literacy instructions for different age groups.
The one child per laptop will be another project to be presented as one of the other thing to promote literacy in the country.
This programme was started in 2008, and it has seen 115,816 laptops distributed to 227 schools as a way of enabling students to acquire computer skills and the use of ICT in education.