The One Laptop Per Teacher program is gaining momentum – KT PRESS

Beneficiaries of a laptop computer per teacher

The Education Ministry says 11,000 laptops have been distributed to public primary and secondary school teachers as part of the “One Laptop Per Teacher” initiative that began in April 2021.

According to the Ministry of Education, the national distribution has reached 11,000 against 88,000 primary and secondary teachers who want it.

The figures announced represent 12.5% ​​of the national target.

“Laptops will help achieve quality and equity in educational services; we are very grateful to our partners for their great contribution, ”said Twagirayezu.

He stressed that, without a doubt, technology is fundamental in the development of quality and equity education across the country.

He made the observation of the national distribution of laptops for teachers during the program EdTech Monday Rwanda on KT Radio on August 2, 2021.

EdTech Monday Rwanda is an initiative of the Mastercard Foundation and the ICT Chamber which aims to stimulate the EdTech ecosystem in Rwanda.

The initiative brings together EdTech stakeholders, including EdTech entrepreneurs, education and technology policy makers, and EdTech consumers to discuss how to harness the power of technology to increase business outcomes. learning.

On this EdTech Monday, KT Radio welcomed Gaspard Twagirayezu, the Minister of State in charge of primary and secondary education, Nelson Mbarushimana, the director general of the Council of Basic Education of Rwanda (REB), Stephen Nuwagaba, teacher to King David, to discuss possible solutions for existing challenges that affect technology in learning.

Officials said the nationwide dissemination of the “One Laptop Per Teacher” initiative was aimed at enhancing the relevance of education through the integration of information and communication technologies (ICTs) into teaching. and learning, as stipulated in the ICT in education policy.

According to REB, upon receipt of the laptop, a teacher signs an agreement to take care of the tool.

“We have a department that oversees these assets which are supposed to be used exclusively for education and training purposes to promote ICT in education,” Mbarushimana said.

Despite the government’s intensified efforts to use technology in education, teachers say there is a great need for computer training to catch up with the new system – E-learning.

“Using technology while teaching takes a lot of things, but the most important thing is having basic computer skills at hand. Teachers cannot effectively use computers to deliver critical lessons, ”Nuwagaba said.

Teacher training on point

In other topics that have been covered, education officials have stated that in addition to formal certification from the Teacher Training College (TTC) or the University of Rwanda-College of Education, teachers will continue to gain additional skills in the established program called Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

The CPD program was created to give technicians a series of online trainings, teaching computer skills, English language, effective preparation and conduct of courses, among others.

This system would be used in developed countries, including Singapore, Sweden and the Netherlands.

“Before using technology in education, teachers are expected to have computer skills themselves. We are improving CVT programs where teachers are expected to continue to acquire additional skills, in addition to holding certifications, ”said Twagirayezu.

“In the CPD program, trained teachers work as trainers for others.

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