From the starting of coronavirus lockdown, Rwanda Education Board (REB) has moved to e-learning to facilitate students to keep learning from their home.

ICT has been and shall remain the cornerstone pillar of development of Rwandan economy. Thus, Rwandan education system has the obligation that the graduates are trained to cope with ICT development. Also important to note is that fact ICT has the potential to improve the quality of education and, develop 21st century skills among learners like critical thinking, problem solving, communication, collaboration, creativity skills,regular assessment, increase access and equity to education, share and transfer knowledge, resources and findings , and of course real time data gathering.

Why should Rwanda Education Board emphasizes the use of e-learning today ? after the closure of schools on 15 March 2020, as a strategy to mitigate the Covid-19, Rwanda Education Board has resorted to ensure continuous learning while students being in their homes. That could not be possible without ICT led mechanism and that is e-learning. E-learning includes numerous types of media that deliver text, audio, images, animation, and streaming video, and includes technology applications and processes such as audio or video tape, satellite TV, CD-ROM, and computer-based learning, as well as local intranet/extranet and web-based learning.

While REB e-learning platform was already in existence (www.elearning.reb.rw), this platform had to be boosted. Indeed, to increase its usage local Telecommunication companies namely MTN Rwanda and Airtel-Tigo Rwanda played a primary support role by alleviating the bundle charges. Using this platform, students can read books depending on their level of studies, attempt review questions and engage with tutors who can provide enlightenment into the subject matter.

Besides, as the youth visit YouTube frequently, REB also revitalized its YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCSm2s9wZC8B611SIslsUWg) to air model lessons intended to benefit both students and teachers.

Taking into account the last media barometer report of Rwanda Governance Board (RGB) which enacted that Radio detains the wide reach and hence the largest audience. Rwanda Education Board embarked on a quite new venture to use Radio learning programme. The first lesson was aired on Radio Rwanda on 4th April 2020. REB is now looking forward to start learning programmes on Televisions purposively targeting Sciences and Mathematics lessons that are hard to purely deliver in a radio form.

Rwanda Education Board calls students, teachers and parents and guardians to take advantage of all the above measures put in place to enable continued learning from home becoming a reality.

 

 

 

 

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