Rwanda’s Second International Conference on Education : A Vision for Sustainable Development

16 May 2024

The 2nd International Conference on Re-shaping Education for Sustainable Development concluded with inspiring remarks delivered by Eng. Gatabazi Pascal, the Chief Technical Advisor for the Ministry of Education, on behalf of the Honorable Minister of Education. This significant event, which gathered educators, policymakers, and professionals from around the globe, emphasized the need for a transformative approach to education to meet the demands of the 21st century.

In his address, Eng. Gatabazi highlighted the rapid evolution of the world and the imperative for educational systems to adapt accordingly. "The skills and knowledge that defined success in the past are no longer sufficient for the future," he stated. "We must equip our students not just with facts, but with the ability to think critically, solve problems creatively, collaborate effectively, and adapt to a rapidly changing landscape."

The conference, which spanned three days, was a platform for dynamic discussions, keynote speeches, and presentations. One of the focal points was the debate on “The educational policy making process : to what extent the voices of researchers, practitioners, and implementers are heard ?” Eng. Gatabazi reassured attendees of the Ministry’s commitment to inclusive policy-making processes, emphasizing that "educational policies are meant to address problems that we all strive to fix in the interest of our educational system locally and beyond."

Reflecting on the productive sessions, he noted, "The conversations you have had over these past three days have shed light on the crucial elements of this new paradigm of quality education." He stressed the importance of collaboration among all stakeholders—educators, policymakers, parents, and professionals—in transforming these ideas into actionable strategies. "The ideas and insights collected from these sessions are seeds waiting to be planted. This responsibility lies with all of us," he added.

The Minister’s representative acknowledged the challenges ahead but remained optimistic about the potential rewards. "The path forward may not be easy, but the rewards are immeasurable. By working together, we can create education systems that foster generations of adaptable, ethical, and innovative learners."

Eng. Gatabazi concluded by officially closing the conference under the theme “Re-examining Quality Education and Professionalism in the 21st Century.” His closing remarks left attendees with a renewed sense of purpose and commitment to reshaping education to better serve future generations.

As Rwanda continues to lead in educational innovation and reform, this conference stands as a testament to its dedication to sustainable development through quality education. The Ministry of Education, along with its partners, remains steadfast in its mission to cultivate an educational environment that prepares students to thrive in an ever-changing world.

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