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Rwanda: Imbuto Foundation rewards best female students


África/Rwanda/Marzo 2016/Fuente: /Autor: Samantha Teta

Resumen: La fundación Imbuto concedió treinta y ocho premios a las mejores estudiantes de los exámenes nacionales, en las escuelas primarias y secundarias. En su campaña para promover la educación de las niñas, como parte de las diversas celebraciones en virtud de su 15 aniversario.

Imbuto Foundation yesterday awarded thirty-eight Best Performing Girls (BPGs) in primary and secondary schools in 2015s national examinations, in its ongoing campaign to promote girl’s education, as part of the various celebrations under its 15th anniversary.

This year’s campaign to award best performing girls was launched in Rulindo District -Shyorongi Sector, where 17 girls at Primary and Advanced levels were awarded.

Best performing girls from Gicumbi, Bugesera, Kamonyi and Kigali City, were awarded yesterday by Imbuto Foundation.

The Minister for Sports and Culture, Julienne Uwacu, was the guest of honour on behalf of the First Lady Jeannette Kagame. She congratulated the girls and challenged them to grab the academic opportunities they were presented to further upgrade their performance.

«We encourage girls to be vigilant, set goals and objectives to achieve and formulate a way forward, devising ways to make their dreams a reality. It is also paramount that they find positive role models to look up to who have already registered significant achievements in their field of interest,» she said.

She went on to highlight some of the issues limiting girls’ education as heeding distractions, approaching education without zeal and most importantly, early and unplanned pregnancies.

«Early pregnancies are a big hindrance in a girl’s education. The consequences are often too heavy for young girls and this is an issue that concerns all of us as a community. We need to work together to discourage these early and unplanned pregnancies,because of their negative impact on not only the communities, but on the country as a whole,» she said.

«Despite the fact that we are happy with the progress registered in promoting girl’s education, there are still sectors which don’t register girls excelling, which clearly illustrates a need for more efforts to empower these young girls,» Uwacu added.

The minister emphasized that parents’ efforts,and the education received at home,form the foundation that should provide the proper moral compass to help girls achieve academic, and overall success. She went on to encourage girls to aspire to achieve more for themselves, and the country, by utilizing the resources at their disposal.

 The Governor of the Northern Province, Aime Bosenibamwe, also highlighted that early pregnancies can negatively interfere with girls aiming for academic growth and achievement.

«There are many distractions which girls must train themselves to outsmart and overcome, being well aware that an unplanned pregnancy may push their academic life, and stability, back by several steps,» he said.

He further requested young girls to not take organisations like Imbuto Foundation for granted, when it comes to the efforts that support their education. He also advised them to dream big, work with dignity and fight for self-reliance.

The girls were awarded certificates of merit, school bags that contained a dictionary, textbooks, calculators, mathematical sets and Rwf20,000 for their transport.

Best performing girls at advanced level were awarded laptops and are set to receive computer training before joining university.

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Rwanda:New Curriculum to Promote Sex Education in Schools


África/Rwanda/Marzo 2016/Fuente: The New Times Rwanda/Autor:Donah Mbabazi

Resumen: Se realizo capacitación a profesores organizada por el Ministerio de Educación a través del Consejo de Educación de Ruanda, sobre las caracteristicas claves del nuevo plan de estudios en el cual se incorpora la educación sexual integral.

Comprehensive sexuality education is vital in curbing cases of unwanted pregnancies and the spread of sexually transmitted diseases as it ensures that young people are equipped with competencies they need to make safe and responsible choices about their sexual and reproductive health.

The remarks were made by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) representative, Jozef Maerien, last Thursday during the official launch of a teacher-training programme geared towards equipping teachers and stakeholders in the education sector on key features of the new curriculum and learner-centred teaching methodologies.

The three-day training also aimed at providing deans of studies from 1,508 secondary schools from 30 districts an overview on the importance of comprehensive sexuality education.

Maerien stressed that preparing young people for the transition to adulthood has always been a great challenge which the new curriculum hopes to address.

Comprehensive sexuality education emphasises a holistic approach to human development and sexuality. It views sexuality within the context of emotional and social development and also promotes human rights, knowledge, as well as skills for prevention of HIV and unwanted pregnancies.

«Young people receive a range of conflicting messages about sexuality on a daily basis but how we meet this challenge is our greatest opportunity in breaking the trajectory,» he added.

Parents need to be able to address the physical and behavioural aspects so that children are able to make responsible decisions regarding relationships and sexuality, he noted.

Janvier Gasana, the director-general of Rwanda Education Board, said potential partners should embrace the approach of a comprehensive sexuality education and sensitise all stakeholders for successful implementation.

«We need to do everything we can so that young people get the right guidance. With this era of technology they are so exposed and that’s why a sensitive approach is needed to put them on the right track. However this needs to be approached well so that the beneficiaries are not pushed in the opposite direction,» he said.

The training was organised by the Ministry of Education through Rwanda Education Board in collaboration with One UN.

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Rwanda: School Life – Why Observing Uniformity is Very Crucial

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África/Rwanda/Marzo 2016/Fuente: Salomon Asaba

resumen: el articulo abre el debate sobre el uso del cabello  y las escuelas que prohíben a los estudiantes mantener su  cabello largo,  igualmente opinan los expertos  que la falta de uniformidad es lo que causa este tipo de demandas innecesarias por los estudiantes, argumentando que la restricción de pelo largo es una necesidad en las escuelas.

It’s a debate that educationists have not come to a conclusive agreement about. Some say there is a link between keeping long hair at school and academic performance, while others argue that there is no link whatsoever.

In the past, it was a taboo to go to school with hair slightly an inch longer for girls. In fact if a learner had hair that was more than an inch long, she or he was not allowed into the school.

Schools which prohibit learners from keeping their hair long while in school, argue that it is time wasting and costly, which affects performance and mutual respect between students and teachers.

For instance, a few months ago, it was reported that a student at a school in Kanombe refused to go to school until her father provided money for plaiting hair after seeing the other girls in the school with treated hair. The father succumbed to pressure and gave her money to treat and maintain her hair.

Experts say lack of uniformity is what causes such unnecessary demands by learners, arguing that restricting long hair is a necessity in schools.

«Keeping uniformity helps the students to feel like one family despite the different backgrounds. If you have some students with treated long hair while others can’t afford the same, it will cause segregation among the learners and subsequently you will get such scenarios like the Kanombe parent,» says a senior teacher in a city school.

Schools in Rwanda have restrictions on long hair especially in the public schools. But the situation is different; in private and international schools- girls come to school with long hair in all shapes and styles.

Moses Katufu, a teacher of Entrepreneurship at King David Academy, says long hair is allowed in the school but it should not be tinted. And for boys weird hairstyles are not allowed.

The school principal, Annet Batamuriza, echoes Katufu’s views, but points out that tinted hair is forbidden for girls.

«Much as good hair enhances the pride of women, we don’t allow tinted hair at school,» says Batamuriza.

Students need to adhere to school regulations.

Most parents and educators have argued that the culture of hairstyles in schools should receive some kind of regulation.

At King David Academy, for instance, boys who report to school with long hair have their heads shaved.

«Boys should keep their hair trimmed to at least 2 inches long, otherwise those who report with long hair are punished to serve as examples to the rest,» adds Katufu.

In extreme circumstances, some schools will chose to suspend students until they shave their heads.

But Simon Ntwari, a parent in Kimihura, considers regulating students’ hairstyles inappropriate and a waste of valuable time.

«Hair should not be a big deal as long as the student has put on the appropriate school uniform. I don’t think hair should be a distraction in school whether for boys or girls,» says the father of two.

Georgina Mukeshimana, a parent in Remera, however thinks regulation of hairstyles should be left at the discretion of school authorities.

«But once you become complacent with all hairstyles, students will bring everything to school. Students should be made to understand that rules are there and have to be followed,» she asserts.

For Thomas Mugarura, a parent in Nyamirambo, hairstyles should be the last thing for schools to worry about.

«I really don’t understand why schools do not put efforts on better practices of teaching and learning instead of non issues like hairstyles. We pay for the hair and that should only be a concern on our side,» he explains, wondering how hair is connected to academic performance.

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