Working to improve learning outcomes in English and Mathematics for 2.6 million children in Rwanda
150 teachers conclude an Intensive English course in Nyagatare and Gicumbi

English teachers learn how to match words to make sentences

150 teachers of English from Gicumbi and Nyagatare Districts have concluded a two weeks long intensive English course. The Intensive English course is part of the wider BLF programme that aims at improving the English language, subject knowledge and teaching practice of P1-P3 teachers of English and Mathematics across the 30 districts of Rwanda.

During the 2 weeks teachers participated in more than 70 hours of high-quality English language training, with the aim of boosting their communicative language and speaking skills.  The training is being delivered by 10 Rwandan mentor trainers who are co-training together with 12 international BLF trainers. The 2 weeks course has been running at TTC Byumba, Gicumbi and TTC Matimba, Nyagatare with more than 150 P1-P3 English teachers participating.

Teachers practice in pairs what they have learnt

Steve Harvey, DFID Education advisor who visited the teachers at TTC Byumba on Thursday morning was impressed by the level of confidence the teachers have gained.

“The training was of high quality – very interactive and participatory. Participants were highly engaged and clearly enjoying themselves. They had grown greatly in speaking confidence during the course. The Mentor Trainers were very enthusiastic, reporting that they had learnt a lot of new skills through the team teaching approach. The pairing of local and international trainers to team-teach has worked very well. Local trainers have now reached the point of confidently leading sessions”.

The English teachers hope that in the future that this extra intensive English Language support can be scaled up to reach the remaining districts.

Teacher Speciose from Rukomo sector said, ” The training was very helpful to me.I was usually shy and couldn’t speak English with my learners or my colleagues at school. But now I have gained more confidence and can understand what my trainers can say without difficulty”

The teachers who attended this course will continue to participate in their professional development through BLF’s school based CPD activities.

The Building Learning Foundations Programme (BLF) is a programme of the Rwanda Ministry of Education (MINEDUC) and Rwanda Education Board (REB); it is funded by the United Kingdom’s Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) as part of its Learning for all Programme in Rwanda.
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