ICT for Education in Rwanda


 

The government of Rwanda is committed to strengthening education in science and technology through specific interventions to address the under-developed skills in all areas of science and technology and the limited resources in teaching institutions to support the teaching of quality science and technology education; and integrating ICT within all subject areas.

 

 

Although there is a shortage of ICT skills and technical support at the present time, ICT in education is extending from tertiary institutions to all primary and secondary schools. Some students have been studying through the African Virtual University which is allowing students to learn online, while being taught by lecturers from abroad. Through a program of workshops and activities in schools, teachers have been developing their own ICT skills and using ICT to support teaching and learning of science and mathematics.

In October 2006, the NEPAD e-Africa Commission launched a project to further develop ICT in Rwandan schools. The project aimed to link up schools across Africa, including primary and secondary levels. It has now incorporated all Rwandan secondary schools. Two institutions are heavily involved in ICT education: Kigali Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) and Kigali Institute of Education (KIE). The creation of E-ICT Integrated Training Center in 2002 is another milestone in ICT development in Rwandan schools and public institutions.

E-ICT is easily accessible to all interested in high-tech courses that guarantee to stay on top of the information and technology era. E-ICT wants Rwanda to leap frog the information era by making the country an IT hub. The center also aims at training students in skills that will provide broad and challenging experiences in public accounting, management consultancy and auditing skills that will provide both professional and financial rewards.

The curriculum programs include ICDL (International Computer Driving License) program that teaches all Microsoft Office applications, Cisco Networking, Electronics, Computer Troubleshooting and maintanence, Electrical Cabling and Local Area Network Cabling, Basic and Advanced Computer literacy, Graphic Design, Website design, Computer based accounting, Computer System Administration, programming and so on. The classes are divided into evening and daytime classes, facilitating access even to working class students.

The courses available include a variety to choose from. Their duration is based on the hours studied per day. Students take some of their courses online, with an instructor available to offer any explanations needed. The one laptop per child initiative is another government program which aims to instill ICT knowledge into children for them to be conversant with the use of ICT at an early age.

 

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