The Minister of State for Primary and Secondary education Dr Isaac Munyakazi alongside H.E Jo Lomas, British High Commissioner to Rwanda officially launched the DFID funded English and Mathematics textbooks for all public and government aided primary schools across Rwanda. About 4 million text books will be supplied to all schools in 30 districts of Rwanda starting from the City of Kigali.
Through the Learning for All (LFA) programme, the UK government is providing up to £62.5 million to improve learning outcomes and equitable access to primary and secondary education for boys and girls in Rwanda. This programme funds school capitation grants and textbooks for primary and secondary schools.
The text books were printed and will be distributed by Rwanda Education Board with funding from UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) to a tune of £6.8 million (7 billion Rwanda francs).
Dr Munyakazi challenged the teachers to invest in hard work and effective use of the resources that have been given to them.
“With DFID’s support, Rwanda has been able to procure 115 copyright for textbook titles and printed close to 4 million textbooks which are now being distributed to all public and government-aided primary schools,” he noted.
Under the programme, the government is keen to provide a textbook to every learner for every subject.
“Do not deprive the students of their right to use the books. From the parents’ perspective, these textbooks will show them what their children are learning and will learn. If a child has questions which parents cannot readily answer, they can refer to textbooks to help figure out the answer.”
Jo Lomas, British High Commissioner to Rwanda, said the books supplied will make a difference in the learners’ lives.
“We applaud REB’s instructions to schools to issue the books directly into the hands of children, where they belong, and where they will help build good habits of independent study” Lomas said. “Until now, the average ratio of pupils to textbooks has been as low as six to one. Now there will be one book for every child.”
Jacqueline Umurerwa, the Headteacher at Camp Kigali School, said the books being distributed are of high quality and engaging, adding they will enable teachers to deliver lessons that are activity-based, language-rich and stimulating.
“We hope children will be encouraged to read these and other books outside of lessons and at home. Given that double-shifting is still common in most schools, these books will extend the time that children can spend learning beyond school hours.”
During 2019, close to 4 Million quality textbooks for English and Mathematics in P1-P6 are being produced, printed and distributed in all public and government aided primary schools. The LFA programme also funds Building Learning Foundations(BLF) that aims to improve learning outcomes in English and Mathematics at lower primary grades in schools nationwide. The overarching expected outcome is improved classroom teaching and learning and more equitable access to primary and secondary education for boys and girls in Rwanda.