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Minister of State roots for effective early grade learning

TTC tutors attend a Mathematics orientation session in Western Rwanda

The Ministry of Education and Rwanda Education Board on 4th  to November 5th 2018, conducted an early learning awareness activity in the western province of the country, to demonstrate the Government of Rwanda’s commitment to ensuring the provision of high-quality early grade learning in Rwanda.

The activity was marked by visits to some of the activities of Building Learning Foundations and other partners which aim to support the provision of early learning because access to high-quality early learning requires adequate support for infrastructure, pedagogy, and learning materials, among others. These included orientations being conducted for TTC tutors by BLF as well as demonstrations of effective early grade teaching of Mathematics and English.

The visit centred around outreach to Nkombo Sector, an island in Lake Kivu which has three primary schools which are being supported by the Building Learning Foundations Programme.

In his remarks, Dr Isaac Munyakazi, the Minister of State for Primary and Secondary Education, emphasized the importance of quality education to achieve foundational skills in literacy, numeracy, and English. He noted that the government has requested BLF to provide orientation sessions of the maths and English toolkits to all teacher training centers in the country. During this visit, BLF launched the English activity pupil books which will be distributed to all 2,800 schools around the country.

BLF’s Team Leader Anders Lonnqvist said that BLF’s interventions in Teacher training centers will enhance skills of future early grade teachers in Rwanda. So far BLF has started orientations in 2 TTCs across the country and aim to roll out to all the 16 TTCs by the end of the programme.

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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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