Workshop on Quality Education
In the past years, the continuous work to make education accessible for all students in Rwanda has proven to be successful, but there is still some way to go in improving the quality of that education. To discuss and work through this challenge, the National Commission for UNESCO (CNRU), in cooperation with the Rwanda Education Board (REB), organized a two-day workshop for the headmasters from UNESCO-Associated Schools Network (ASPNet). The two-day workshop took place in Musanze on the 9th – 10th of October.
 
All participants of the workshop.
 
Dr. Alphonse SEBAGANWA, the Deputy Director-General in charge of Examinations, selection and assessment department of the REB, discussed the various threats quality education is or could be facing in Rwanda. “Quality education consists of three parameters,” he explained. “The input, the process, and the output.” Problems and challenges could occur in all three parameters and it is crucial to identify them to secure quality education for all Rwandan students.
 
Mr. Alphonse SEBAGANWA, the Deputy Director-General in charge of Examinations, selection and assessment department of the REB, during his presentation about Quality Education
 
Mr. Martin M. MASABO, the headmaster of Lycée de Kigali, highlighted the importance of a good headmaster managing the school effectively and competently. “A headmaster is also a manager, leader, and administrator, who has to set direction, aims and objectives, plan the necessary steps for development and progress, organize available resources economically and supervise the achievements and areas of improvement,” he emphasized. By this, he reinforced the participants once more to embrace their significant and challenging role to provide all students with the best education possible.
 
The participants of the workshop listen attentively
 
When discussing the responsibilities of the Ministry of Education and affiliated institutions, the headmasters emphasized that the education budget must be increased, to solve problems like inadequacy of infrastructure, low teacher salaries and a lack of teacher training. They also asked to be given more autonomy and freedom in fulfilling their duties. The ministry should have faith in their abilities: “I am a headmaster; I know what I am doing!”
 
Mr. Albert MUTESA, Secretary General of CNRU closed the workshop with his final remarks.
 
In his closing remarks, Mr. Albert MUTESA, Secretary-General of the Rwanda National Commission for UNESCO, expressed his gratitude to the participants for their active and fruitful participation as well as his satisfaction with the successful outcome of the workshop. The objectives set in advance were fully achieved. The headteachers shared this assessment and recommended to make this unique opportunity of sharing their experiences and discussing how to provide every student with the education they deserve, available to more headmasters in Rwanda.
 
Philomene MUKANKUSI
Umuyobozi ushinzwe Itangazamakuru/ CNRU

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