Building Learning Foundations participated at the 13th International Conference that focused on ICT for Education, training and skills development.
The 3 day event took place in Kigali Rwanda. We show case of what we are doing to improve learning outcomes in English and Mathematics in all government schools in Rwanda.
BLF’s mathematics lead, Chantal Uwiragiye and Vanessa Komiliades in charge of the English section, were one of the event’s speakers and shared our learnings on what we are finding works for schools with BLF.
The programme’s team leader, Anders Lonnqvist reflects: ‘It was important that BLF have a presence at such a high-profile event. Technology is an essential component of our programme but what we know is that it has to be the right enabling, readily accessible technology to work on a national scale – it can’t just be technology for technology’s sake.
‘For BLF, we have developed self- and peer-learning toolkits for teachers that consist of printed books with supporting audio-visual materials on SD cards for use on mobile phones; we have also equipped schools with two smartphones each so that teachers can watch the instructional BLF videos and film their own classes for self-reflection and peer discussion. This approach isn’t the most sophisticated, but it is highly effective and absolutely fit for purpose – and that is what we need.
The event was officiated by the Minister of Education in Rwanda Dr Eugene Mutimura. Dr Mutimura said that with improving connectivity, and growing use of digital technologies in Rwanda, there are many opportunities for people to get training in the Learning and Development domain. He pledged the government’s support to ensure that existing challenges, mainly internet connectivity and its cost, are tackled.
Andy Smart BLF’s Education Technical Lead who participated at this conference said that the most amazing thing he learned was that the biggest supplier of digital textbooks in Germany is not a traditional educational publisher but a former teacher who started making videos.
Over 300 guests visited our booth interested to know how we are using tech to improve learning outcomes for children in Rwanda. In total, over 900 delegates from Africa and beyond took part in the e-learning Africa conference.